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Facing surgery is daunting under almost any circumstances. There are potential complications that can arise from surgery, as well as the natural healing process required to recover.

There are various things a person can do to prepare for surgery and to enhance their recovery afterwards. It stands to reason that the healthier a person is going into surgery, the better equipped they will be to heal afterwards.

Dr. Carolyn Dean discusses surgery online, exploring alternatives and making suggestions that will help people who do require surgery to maximize their chances of a speedy recovery.

Discussing Surgery

When surgery is suggested by a doctor, many patients do not realize that they do have choices and, except in cases of life or death, they also have time to make their decision. Dr. Carolyn Dean recommends asking the doctor questions and doing your own research before making the decision to undergo surgery. Some of the questions she suggests asking the doctor are outlined in the infographic attachment to this post.

Once the doctor has satisfactorily answered all questions, the patient will then be able to go home and perform their own research before deciding whether surgery is the best option. Searching for terms such as ‘natural alternatives’ in a search string with the name of the diagnosis will bring up any other options that may be available as an alternative to surgery. For example, the embedded PDF looks at some of the alternatives to surgery when dealing with back pain.

Preparing for Surgery

If it is decided that the surgery will go ahead, there are various things each patient can do to improve their wellbeing to optimize the recovery process. Eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet that includes free range, organic, grass-fed proteins such as lean chicken, wild salmon and eggs, eliminates processed foods, gluten, unfermented dairy and sugar, includes a maximum of two daily portions of fruit, and involves an increase in the intake of non-starchy vegetables, is highly recommended by Dr. Dean.

Dehydration is common among patients entering hospital – to stay properly hydrated, it is recommended to drink one ounce of water per day for half your body weight, adding one teaspoon of unprocessed salt to every 32 ounces drunk. Dr. Dean also recommends beginning a program of well-absorbed health supplements such as the ReMag range. A short walk outside every day can also help to promote wellness.

The short video attachment provides some advice on eating and drinking prior to undergoing a general anesthetic.

Recovering from Surgery

Drugs are often given to patients pre- and post-surgery that contain fluoride. Fluoride can bind to magnesium, creating magnesium fluoride and making the magnesium unavailable to the body. Taking an easily absorbed magnesium supplement such as ReMag before and after surgery can help the body recover better as it retains optimum levels of magnesium. This can also help alleviate effects such as inflammation and nerve pain, as magnesium helps the body increase circulation and stimulates the liver’s natural detoxification pathways.

It also helps with the function and production of nitric oxide, which is one of the body’s own natural anti-inflammatories. ReNew topical supplements are designed to help the body reduce noticeable scar tissue that may be left after surgery.

One of Dr. Dean’s representatives experimented with ReNew following surgery that left a long scar half an inch wide, using ReNew daily on the top half and vitamin E oil on the bottom half. The results were soon obvious, with the upper half of the scar fading faster and becoming narrower and less prominent.