Healthy Habits Before Surgery

Surgery Center - Premier Surgical Associates - Knoxville - Cleveland, TN

If you’re waiting for a scheduled surgery or for a surgery to be scheduled, the team at Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland wants you to know there are things you can do in days or weeks before to increase your chances of a successful outcome. Establishing these healthy habits are also important to reduce your risks of potential complications:

Eating more whole foods
In the days before your procedure, aim to increase your intake of nutrient-dense food such as vegetables, fruits, and lean protein sources.

Surgery puts your body under a lot of stress and it would need certain nutrients to help fight the inflammation and get your body to heal and recover.

Exercising regularly
You may not be a big fan of exercising but if you’re scheduled for surgery, it’s important to start getting active.

Exercising regularly increases your chance of walking sooner after surgery. You don’t have to start doing hard-core workouts; just walking for at least 15 minutes each day can make a difference. To make the most of the benefits, aim to achieve at least 5,000 steps a day.

Quitting harmful substances
Smoking, alcohol, and other mood-altering substances should be avoided weeks leading to surgery. All of these can affect the efficacy of anesthesia, slow down your recovery, and increase your chances of surgery-related complications.

Seeing your primary doctor
Schedule a visit to your primary doctor and let him/her know that you have an upcoming procedure or a surgery that you’d like to be scheduled. He/she may want to make some changes in your current medications to optimize surgery results.

At Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville and Cleveland, TN, we make sure our patients have greater chances of successful surgery outcomes. Our board-certified surgeons carefully assess our patients and brief them on what to do and expect before, during, and after surgery.

To request an appointment with a Premier Surgical physician, visit https://www.premiersurgical.com/request-appointment/

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