Jun 25, 2016
The post-operative or post-op period immediately following a surgery can be just as critical to one's overall health as the surgical procedure itself. Of course, it can also be a worrisome and very painful or at least uncomfortable time for the surgical patient.
Swift and proper healing is essential to avoid secondary infections and reduce stress on the body as it continues to heal and restore itself to complete health. Certain herbal remedies and complementary medicine treatments can help reduce inflammation, the risk of infection, pain, discomfort, and the likelihood of needing further surgical interventions.
CAUTION: Any alternative medical therapies used to speed healing after a surgery should be cleared with your physician in order to ensure that there will be no harmful drug interactions or other complications with your existing post-operative treatments.
Natural Treatments: Traditional remedies for wound care, such as cayenne pepper, coconut oil, or honey may help close wounds faster and reduce the risk of scars (Vitamin E is also recommended for scar treatment). Anti-inflammatory herbs and home remedies can reduce swelling and pain. Vitamin C and other immune-boosting supplements can help the body prevent infection and repair itself faster.
Remedies for Post-Operative Healing
Can anyone recommend healing foods for after Bypass bariatric surgery Holistically? I go into surgery in the morning the 28th of June. Want to know if I can help the healing with aloe vera and beet juice and carrot juice or homemade apple sauce, protein powder??? I want a more holistic way to heal other than what the hospital gives. Liquid vit E? Acidophilus, milk or soy milk? Thanks for your speedy response.
I have been researching google and also been reading your website. I had a step son move into the house who unfortunately brought scabies. I am nervous because I had surgery 3 weeks ago that left me about a 5 inch incision on my neck and I've been soaking the last two days in the borax peroxide baths. Is the scabies or the boric acid borax bath a danger to my surgical incision??
Hi, I have looked again through the EC website for any other ideas on how to deal with my large calcified gallstone..... I have tried most things. A consult with the gb surgeon today..... "nothing you can do.... I have never heard of a stone such as yours being passed/dissolved....you will get worse". Although the gb area has been calm for some time, the constant heartburn issues now mean that I am back to square one on a liquid diet. I have tried for one year and so feel that surgery has to be my best option. I am using the celery and lemon juice for the heartburn. And will continue with the Gold Coin Grass for the gallstone as well as dandelion root, Juvaflex, lemon, peppermint, beetroot, low-fat.
What would people recommend for a good protocol to prepare for surgery. I know I should not eat garlic or beetroot pre surgery (increased risk of bleeding). Anything else I should avoid?
I am thinking about collodial silver, vitamin C, arnica...
Any thoughts please.... which are always appreciated.
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Posted by Brenda (Albertville, AL) on 01/24/2008
i had surgery in Nov.,2007 to remove damaged breast tissue caused from a car accident. a couple weeks after surgery, I had what looked to be a blood blister. It proceded to open up, drain and cause considerable pain and redness accross almost the entire breast. The cream the Dr. gave me seemed to keep the area too moist and it kept oozing. After talking and research I decided to try honey. The area which had started to look like a diabetic ulcer or bedsore, looked better the next morning , I continued to use about 1/4 tsp of raw honey on a cotton pad, I just placed it so the honey would be sure to get completely into the wound. It has been a little over a week and my Dr. was amazed at how well it is now healing.
Posted by Anonymouscat (Pleasantville, Ca) on 01/20/2013
Before surgery and after surgery take Arnica Montana 30x take four little pellets under the tongue 4 x a day three days before surgery and then keep taking it after surgery! Arnica Montana is miraculous in healing. Before and after surgery drink pure organic Aloe vera juice, take bromelain and tumeric to reduce inflammation. Increase Vitamin A and Beta carotene. If it is scar tissue your dealing with start using warm castor oil packs on the area daily, and take enzymes to get rid of scar tissue build up. Facial surgeries take a long time to heal I think 1 year 6 month is is reasonable time frame for healing if not longer.
Posted by Julie (Denton, Tx) on 12/30/2013
I had my left hip replaced in Sept. 2013. I was mostly bed ridden because of bone on bone and was unable to shower as often as I prefer. Normally I'll shower 2 times a day in summer if working outside. I was told I would not be able to shower for 2 weeks after the op., and that was catastrophic to me as I hate being smelly or sticky. I showered every 7 or 8 days, and didn't smell. After the operation the body smell started. I assume it was my body detoxing from the anesthetic and antibiotics. Now 3 months later I still get a dreadful strong odor if I can't shower every other day.
I know it's related to the drugs and am trying to detox. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so how did they deal with it? Using deoderants etc., is a band aid.
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Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Ok) on 07/04/2013
Surgery and severe cramping: Please, if anyone can help. My grandson goes in for surgery on the 29th of July, 2013. The last surgery he had he had to have a colostomy. Five days after his surgery his bowel "woke up". He screamed for 15 straight hours. No painkiller touched the pain. He was three months old with his first surgery and will be five and a half months at the time of his next surgery. Does anyone know of a supplement I can give him to ease this? The Dr. Said he could experience it again. Would vitamin D help? B vitamins? Please give me any advice.
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Posted by Shandrah (Qld) on 03/26/2014
Our 15yo daughter is scheduled to undergo a pulmonary valve replacement and arrhythmia ablation in 3 weeks. This will be her 3rd surgery where her chest will be cracked, her previous ops occurred when she was 22mths old.
We'd like to start early on her recovery so would like some advice on diet and supplemental nutrition in the lead up to surgery and afterwards if you could please, especially in regards to pain management and scar repair. Her last zipper scar is only just fading so she's a tad annoyed that she has to start all over again, lol.
She has no allergies or reactions to anything that we are aware of. She is currently drinking 150ml of morinda juice (we all do).
Thanks for any and all advice you can think of.
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Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl, USA) on 04/08/2012
Hello friends at Earth Clinic, I just had an emergency appendectomy 2 days ago and I was wondering what are some good supplements/vitamins to take to help speed the healing process. Right now I am trying to take good amounts of Vitamin C and I am also using Vitamin E on the scars to speed the healing of the incisions. Any other recommendations? (Just to clarify, I have no dietary restrictions). Thanks for your help!
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