Giving your body the nutrients it needs leading up to your surgery will support healthy healing and fight off infections!
Having surgery means your body will burn a lot of energy before and after the surgery and your body can start breaking down muscle for energy. This can decrease strength and delay recovery. Protect your muscles by eating protein-rich foods and exercising before and after surgery.
Vitamin D, B12 and Calcium are also important for bone healing and anemia.
Protein is important for muscle healing. There are a number of ways to increase protein in your diet.
Check the bottom of the page for handouts on additional protein information. You can print these out for your use at home.
Ensuring you have an adequate amount of iron in your diet will help maintain blood iron levels to help decrease the risk of a blood transfusion.
Speak with your Family Doctor or Pharmacist about iron supplements
The Canadian Nutrition Screening Tool is used to identify patients who are at risk for malnutrition. Ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered yes to both questions, please consider contacting a registered dietitian.
Interior Health Nutrition Programs for the South Okanagan (MSP funded)
The following Integrated Health Programs are available through the Penticton Health Centre. Call 250-770-3530 or 1-800-707-8550 for more details regarding the following programs.
Private Practice Dietitians (Fee for service)
Celine Evans, RD, MSc, Dip. Sports Nutrition (IOC)
Celeste Keller, RD
South Okanagan Nutrition Consulting
We have a patient passport available for you to print off and keep a written record of what you want to work on. Keeping a journal helps you stay focused and reach your goals.