with marginal nutritional defciencies are at asignifcantly higher risk o complications, especiallyin terms o poor wound healing and sueringpotentially higher rates o inections.Most bleeding tendencies ollowing surgery areminimal two days ater the operation. This meansyou can saely resume taking your nutritionalsupplements. The only contraindication would be i you werereceiving blood-thinning medications. In thatcase, I would avoid using vitamin E in doses over200 international units (IUs), even though blood-thinning eects are rare below 1,000 IUs.Several supplements can thin the blood (and aectcoagulation) and they include ginkgo, garlic extract, quercetin, curcumin, and high-dose vitaminE (greater than 1,000 IUs). But this concern is moreapparent than real as, in general, the blood-thinningeect o these supplements is no more than that o taking one aspirin tablet a day.
Maintaining adequate magnesium levels isespecially important in preventing surgical andpost-surgical complications. Magnesium is one o those nutrients that seem to have an unlimited listo benefts.In addition to playing a role in more than 300
cells, protects the heart muscle, reduces the risk o cardiac arrhythmia, improves lung unction,improves kidney unction, and prevents one o themost rightening complications o major surgery –blood clots.I have used magnesium in my neurosurgicalpatients or more than 15 years and I have neverhad a patient develop post-operative blood clotsin the legs or lungs. In most cases, the blood clotorms in the veins o the legs or pelvis – where it cansuddenly enter the bloodstream, producing a atalclot in the lungs called a pulmonary embolism.Sudden cardiac arrest can be another catastrophicevent during surgery, leaving the patient witha stroke or myocardial inarction (heart attack).Magnesium signifcantly protects against thesecomplications as well.Several studies have shown that magnesiuminusions can reduce the severity o a stroke orheart attack by 50%. What is important is that yourtissue magnesium level be normal beore surgery.An ounce o prevention is truly worth more than apound o cure.People who take diuretics or birth control pills, orwhose diet is low in ruits and vegetables, are at avery high risk o magnesium depletion. Teenagersoten drink large amounts o carbonated sot drinksthroughout the day. These drinks signifcantlylower the tissue magnesium levels. All o theseindividuals thereore have a higher risk o surgicalcomplications.Magnesium is also essential or normal immuneunction. The bottom line is that the better yournutrition is beore surgery, the less likely it is that youwill have a major complication and the aster, andmore completely, you will recover rom surgery.
take these supplements regularly have signifcantlyless pain and atigue ater surgery as well. Post-