Category Archives: Surgery & Trauma

Surgery Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Surgery Doesn't Have to be Scary

Surgery nerves. They are to be expected. Especially if it is a major surgery. The reality is, you will probably be nervous before your surgery. But surgery does not have to be scary—don’t let it cause you panic. Don’t worry yourself by googling surgery horror stories. Instead, focus on what you can do to have […]

Achieve a Strong Surgery Recovery: 5 Simple Steps

Recovering from Surgery Steps

Arriving home following an operation is usually a time of great relief. The surgery is complete, you’ve been discharged from hospital and you’re now looking forward to recovering in the comfort of your own home. The worst is over. Or so you thought. But according to a 2010 study published in the Journal Archives of […]

How can I reduce scarring after surgery?

Women in hospital bed consulting with a doctor after surgery

Any time the skin sustains damage, there is the possibility of scarring. Things like skinning your knee or accidentally banging it against a sharp object usually result in a scar the heals after a few weeks. But scars following surgery are a little bit different. During surgery, cuts made to the skin are much deeper […]

When should I consider a knee replacement?

40 plus man holding his knee in pain after a long run

Like any surgery, having a total knee replacement is a serious undertaking. On one hand, the benefits of a successful knee replacement can be life changing and help give you back your mobility. But on the other hand, knee replacements involve a long recovery period, physiotherapy, and a lengthy rehabilitation process. It’s a big decision […]

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Doctors performing an Arthroscopic surgery

Arthroscopy surgery is a type of surgical procedure that surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems related to a joint. The word arthroscopy comes from two Greek words, “arthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look). The term literally means “to look within the joint”1. Most people have heard the term ‘arthroscopic surgery’ because many well-known […]

How do probiotics help after surgery?

Surgeons operating on a patient

The past few years have seen an explosion of information about the role pre-surgical diets play in successful surgical outcomes. Poor pre-operative nutrition is often linked to an increase in complications like infections and slow wound healing. On the other hand, healthy pre-surgical diets are associated with better outcomes1. A healthy pre-surgical diet includes things like vitamins, […]

Why are proteins essential to a successful recovery?

Nurses pushing a patient into surgery

A successful recovery following an operation is dependent on many things. It includes your overall health, the type of operation, and the absence of complications during recovery. However, another part of that success is also having a good pre-surgical nutrition status. This means that prior to surgery, the body is not malnourished and has been receiving a […]

5 Ways to Prepare for Surgery

elderly couple riding bikes on the beach

The period of time between the day you schedule your surgery and the actual surgery can be stressful. You will want to get all your plans and affairs in order before your surgery date. Apart from accommodating your surgery in your busy schedule, don’t forget these key things you can do to prepare yourself for surgery. 1- Ask a lot of questions […]

3 reasons you need nutritional support after surgery

women having a Post-Op consultation with her doctor

Surgery, no matter how minor, is a major undertaking for your body. By its very nature, surgery is a traumatic experience for the body. This is true both on a macro level (the immediate effect on the surgical site) and on a micro level (the effects on a cellular level). There are many reasons that your body needs extra […]

What is presurgical stress?

surgeon looking over at the other doctor during surgery

No matter how you look at it, surgery is a stressful situation. It’s not uncommon for patients facing an upcoming operation to be anxious and worried. The most common fears are fear of pain and anesthesia, anxiety about the possibility of medical complications, and the need to rely on a stranger1. Unfortunately, pre-surgical stress and […]