The weekend beach volleyball tournament that was going to give you months of bragging rights has landed you in your current predicament – the recovery room after an ACL replacement. Groggy from the anesthesia, you nod complacently as a girl in head to toe blue and a mask around her neck talks about ice and rest. All of sudden your mind is back at the beach again. A couple hours later you wake up at home, hungry and wondering how long its going to be before your next volleyball game.
The good news is post-op patients can significantly influence how long it takes to recover from surgery by following some simple dietary guidelines. The goal with your post-op diet is to turn your body into a healing machine.
After surgery your body is in a stressed state, which cranks up your body’s metabolism. This increase in metabolism makes the quality of food you consume that much more important. A healing diet requires planning and preparation to make sure your body has the right fuel for recovery, which includes:
While fueling your body with nutrients is important avoiding substances that will slow recovery is equally important, this includes – nicotine, alcohol and added sugar and salt.
To further optimize your recovery time, start your eating plan the weeks leading up to surgery. A good diet not only speeds-up recovery but it also helps the body fight off potential infections. You are the driver of your recovery.
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