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.
In 2018, I had a ruptured ovarian cyst and surgery followed. I developed pain at the point of the incisions (4 initial incisions then the surgeon had to do the regular incision). I'm not sure how long that incision was as she was able to sew it up from the inside which amazed me. But the pain was like a pinching and it was long enough after that I assumed it was from adhesions.
I rubbed castor oil (put some in my fingers) and rubbed it on each place that hurt. In a few days, the pain was gone and hasn't returned.
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.
(Rustenburg, North West, South Africa)
(Washington State Usa)
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.
I know this is a bit late but maybe it can help someone. If you are on narcotic pain medications it can cause more body oder too.
Start by taking a chlorophyll supplement orally. Gillette Odor Shield soap soap does wonders. It says Mens, but I'm a female, works great for me! Then I have a trick.
I buy the less expensive witch hazel at Wal-Mart, but it doesn't matter which bottle of witch hazel you use. I get the size bottle of a standard size bottle, I think it's 16oz, but not positive on size.
Take 1 bottle of witch hazel and separate it in half. (Put half in a different bottle) In one bottle add 2 or 3 drops of peppermint oil, 2 or 3 drops of tea tree oil, & two or 3 drops of lemongrass oil. Shake that up and use that when you move your bowels and wipe. It also will help you avoid or clear up hemorrhoids if you get them.
In the 2nd bottle add about 4 or 5 drops of peppermint oil, 4 or 5 drops of tea tree oil, 5 or 6 drops of lemon grass oil, and 4 or 5 drops of grapefruit oil. Then add 2 or 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, I like to use the green kind with the minty smell. You can also add lemon juice (2 or 3 tablespoons if you need it a little stronger). After you shower (or if you need a quick freshen up with out bathing) make sure your body is completely dried off. Put some of the tincture mixture on a towel or wash cloth. Blot arm bits and other problem areas that sweat too much. (I wouldn't recommend that on privates, too strong, use 1st mixture on that area if you need.) Then blot dry any left over moisture from the product. Use your antiperspirant/deodorant after application. If you need to make deodorant mix same amounts, except 1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol, 2 teaspoons of witch hazel with 4 or 5 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Put a plastic sandwich bag in a toilet paper roll. Poor mix into your toilet paper roll and put in freezer or fridge to harden. Store in a cool area. It works great for a natural antiperspirant and a deodorant.
1 more option for a quick hair cleanup is make above mix for the armpit towel blotting, but omit the rubbing alcohol. You can dump it on your scalp and brush it through your hair. It will help with itchy scalp and give your hair a quick temporary clean feel...
I hope this information comes in handy for someone! I live by it! â˜º
Post-Op Body Odor
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.
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
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.
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.
My hubs had trouble getting skin to heal so after two surgeries and cauterization we tried sulphur cream- you can get it at pharmacies or animal feed shops or amazon. Kills bacteria and allowed the skin to fully grow back. Good luck!!!
Also it works good on brown recluse spider bites.
I'm finally recovered after my surgery! Here are my suggestions about post-operative healing based on research and my own personal experience. :) Thought I would share for other people who are healing from surgery.
Your body is a self-healing machine, it knows how to repair itself. With the proper nutrition, rest, exercise, and circulation, you can get yourself back on track faster.
- Physical exercise/rehabilitation: After your surgery, WALK, WALK, WALK (as long as your doctor says it's ok)! Bring a nurse or friend with you in case you need assistance. I know it's SO painful, but when you are bedridden, your digestive system basically slows down or stops. It won't start moving again until you start walking around. You need to get your circulation and your digestive system going again quickly. It will help decrease the inflammation, help get your blood flowing and also help prevent you from getting blood clots in your legs. Don't go back to your "normal" exercise routine until your doctor says it's ok.
Another serious problem from surgeries are adhesions (when your scar tissue adheres to an adjacent organ or tissue, causing pain or other complications, some of them quite serious). Because I had surgery to the intestines, I was afraid of adhesions causing bowel obstruction. While I don't know if this helped or not, I made sure to walk EVERYDAY as much as I felt comfortable doing, slowly increasing the amount every day, to make sure my bowels, circulation, and everything else kept moving.
If you are instructed to do any kind of physical therapy (PT) to get your range of motion back, DO IT! Otherwise, you could permanently lose range of motion in the affected area.
If you had abdominal/laparoscopic surgery like I did, you know that the gas that they put into your abdominal area from surgery can cause serious gas pains that radiate up to your shoulder (sometimes more painful than the surgery itself! ). Another reason that you need to WALK - walking helps the gas get out faster.
- Follow your doctor's instructions: A common sense warning, but most people don't follow it. Support your injured area when doing any kind of movements that cause strain. For abdominal surgery patients, laying down and sitting up can be very painful. Roll onto your side and prop yourself up with your arms to avoid strain on the abdominal muscles. Also, support your abdominal area with your hands or a pillow if you laugh, cough, or sneeze.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help! :Don't be shy to ask your nurse to help you get to the bathroom, to help you put your clothes on, or for any help you might need. You might feel uncomfortable having a stranger help you with things that seem very intimate, but believe me, they have seen much worse! Simple tasks like going to the bathroom or taking a shower are going to be very painful and difficult for a few days after your surgery. Your body will be in a very delicate state. Forcing yourself to do something you are not ready to do might tear and pull at your wounds, complicating your healing even more.
Also, if you have any questions about the post-healing process, don't be afraid to call your doctor or surgeon. Don't skip any post-op appointments. Some post-operative complications are quite serious, so if you develop a fever, unusual swelling, redness/rash, or have a lot of oozing from your incisions, call right away.
- Don't be a martyr: Take your prescribed pain medication. Your body actually heals SLOWER when you are in pain. If you use adequate pain control, you will heal faster. If the pain medication makes you nauseous, have your doctor prescribe anti-nausea medication or eat fresh or candied ginger or ginger ale. Also, take a stool softener (like Miralax) as a precaution, because opiate pain medications like morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone are known to cause very severe constipation (this might be even further complicated if you are not walking around).
- Try to maintain a good attitude:I know that's harder than it sounds when you're in pain. But having friends and family there for support, or even joking around with the nurses makes you feel better. Look on the bright side, your surgery is over, it went well, and soon you'll be on the mend! A positive attitude helps you heal faster, too.
- Self-hypnosis and meditation for healing and pain relief:If you have an iPhone, download Andrew Johnson's "Healing" self-hypnosis app, which is a guided self-hypnosis that focuses on self-healing. Hypnosis and meditation are also good distractors from pain.
- Eat healthy: yeah, I know, that's kind of hard in a hospital with all the processed junk food. Have a friend or family member bring you something rich in fruits and vegetables like a leafy salad so you can get healthy doses of Vitamin A and C (both known to speed healing). When you are home, eat as many fruits and veggies as possible until you are fully healed. Your body will really need it more than ever. Avoid processed fats (yep, no junk food), which interfere with healthy cell construction.
- Get lots of rest: After surgery, you are going to feel a lot sleepier than normal. That's completely normal. Your body is trying to repair itself. For about a week or two after surgery I had to take a nap or two everyday - and some of my "naps" would be 4 hours long! Don't limit your sleep - your body will tell you how much it needs. Give yourself as much time off from work as possible to recover.
- Get some sun! : Sunlight accelerates wound healing quite dramatically, probably by producing vitamin D in the skin. Patients who are exposed to sunlight heal far faster than those who are not. Try to take some walks outdoors with a friend or nurse.
- Zinc: Best taken prior to surgery, zinc reduces wound healing time, rapidly reduces wound size, and bolsters immunity to help ward off infection. Topical zinc, such as calamine lotion, also inhibits bacteria growth on the surface of skin, helping to prevent infection (diaper rash creams? Yes, those are zinc creams. I also recommend Avene's Cicalfate cream, another good zinc-based cream that I apply everyday after strong chemical peels). As zinc deficiency is common in the United States, most doctors recommend 30 mg/day, taken orally for four to six weeks, to bring your levels up to par before surgery. If you undergo surgery in a zinc deficient state, your recovery time will be lengthened, so be sure to test and supplement your zinc levels, if necessary, well before any planned surgical procedures.
- Vitamin C: I noticed that after my surgery, I had a craving for citrus fruits. Well no wonder - another important component for full post-operative recovery is vitamin C. According to the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, levels of this vital compound actually drop in burn victims, post-op patients, and other victims of physical trauma. The minimum required intake of vitamin C to maintain healthy bodily function is about 300mg to 1g per day following surgery or other procedures.
Vitamin C is required to make collagen, the connective tissue in the skin that helps healing and prevents blistering. Vitamin C strengthens scar tissue and also helps reduce tissue death after burns. It also helps to strengthen the immune system and fight off infection.
But don't take processed, synthetic forms of the vitamin. Ascorbic acid is not the same thing as full-spectrum vitamin C. Get your vitamin C from nutritional supplements or superfoods made from plants. (I used Emergen-C packets, they contain both zinc and Vitamin C. You can also apply Vitamin C topically to help speed wound healing.
- Vitamin A/Beta Carotine - another important vitamin to speed wound healing. I drank carrot juice a lot after my surgery and ate lots of fresh, leafy greens.
- Aloe Vera Juice - My surgery was to remove my appendix, which is part of your intestines, and I had some post-surgery pain and inflammation to my intestines after the surgery. Since aloe vera is such a wonderful healer to the skin, I thought, why not also take it internally? You can buy aloe vera juice at most health food stores, but most of it tastes pretty nasty. I buy the sweetened Alo brand that has the chunks of aloe vera in it. You can also find sweetened aloe vera juice in Asian food stores. In my opinion, the sweetened kind is much more palatable. Within a day of drinking the aloe vera juice, my pain and inflammationin my intestines went away completely! You can also apply aloe externally to heal your wounds - aloe is an excellent wound healer.
- Coconut Oil/Juice - I take 1 tbsp of coconut oil internally and also apply it externally to my scars to prevent inflammation and speed healing. I also drink coconut water/juice to help me heal internally.
- Bromelain: An enzyme found in the stems of pineapples, bromelain is useful for reducing post-op swelling. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and boosts the immune system to reduce pain, bruising, tenderness, frostbite, and burns. It is a natural supplement that works the same way as Ibuprofen. The only difference: bromelain will not harm your liver.
If you decide to take anti-inflammatory supplements following surgery, however, remember that inflammation is not always a bad thing. In fact, inflammation is your body's way of bringing blood and nutrients to the area that needs healing. It is your body's adaptive response to trauma. Inflammation actually serves an important healing purpose, so don't go crazy trying to eliminate it with drugs or supplements unless there is a strong medical reason for doing so (check with your doctor to determine what's right for you). After my abdominal surgery, I looked like I was 2 months pregnant from all the abdominal swelling, but that went away in about a week or two. Walking helps getting the circulation going which helps the inflammation to go away faster.
- Chlorella: Japanese studies have found Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) to be especially effective in speeding up cell growth, a major factor in the natural repair of wounds. Various other studies reveal CGF helps heal ulcers and promote bone and muscle growth. When taken internally, it also acts as an immune-booster. Topically, it functions as a protective cleansing compound for skin.
- Gotu kola: I used gotu kola after my surgery to help speed wound healing and improve my circulation and I feel like it helped a lot. This herb has been used for centuries in Asia as natural medicine. Gotu kola - also called marsh penny, Indian pennywort, and British pennywort - helps in the treatment of scars and wounds with infections that have not yet reached the bone. The herb can be used both internally and externally while components ofgotu kola have been shown to increase levels of antioxidants and help repair connective tissues.
- Silica helps heal skin, ligaments, tendons and other tissues.
- Colloidal silvercan be used topically to prevent infections.
- Acupuncture can help speed wound recovery. Needling the tissues near the wound can boost local circulation and help eliminate scar tissue.
- Vitamin E Oil: Always has been my go-to remedy for scar care. I use Jason's Vitamin E oil. Helps prevent infection and help speed healing of new wounds.
- Silicone: I've done some research on scar care and apparently topical silicone (silicone sheets or cream) helps flatten, lighten and heal scars. I use Scar Away and haven't seen results yet, but I will update if it is successful (for new scars, it supposedly takes 8-9 weeks. Old scars take about 3-6 months to improve).
- Massage: supposedly helps break down scar tissue with raised scars. I use the Scar Away system which combines silica with massage, will update on how it works.