Surgical Recovery

Dr.Stacy’s Tips for Surgical Recovery and Wound Healing

Most of us will undergo some type of surgical procedure in our lifetime, or be faced with chronic wounds that just won’t seem to heal.  Especially for those with Diabetes, wounds and infection can be a major problem, leading to amputations, pain, and recurrent hospitalizations.

Healing from any cause, whether postoperatively or from chronic wounds, is a complex process that is heavily influenced by diet and nutrition. In order to heal properly, FoodTherapyMD uses specific plant foods in order to:

  1. Decrease in inflammation. Decreasing inflammation reduces pain, improves wound healing, and makes blood clots less likely to occur.
  2. Boost immune system function. A strong immune system prevents the chance of infection.
  3. Increase blood flow. Adequate blood flow to the surgical site or wound is vital for the healing process.
  4. Stabilize blood sugar levels. Even if you are not diabetic, stable blood sugars in the optimal range improve healing and lessen the chance of infection.

These are achieved by consuming a Whole Food Plant-based diet, with the addition of certain specific phytonutrients that improve immune function, help prevent infection, and speed the healing process. Here are the top foods that help facilitate quick healing and recovery:

  1. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts.
  2. Nitrate-rich veggies such as arugula, celery, beets, spinach, and parsley. These foods dilate the blood vessels and allow better blood flow to the wound or surgical site.  And good blood flow is necessary for optimal healing.
  3. High protein plants like lentils, beans, quinoa, tofu, edamame, all help to repair muscle, skin, and other body tissues
  4. Dark-colored berries like blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries, and raspberries all have phytonutrients that are powerful immune boosters, which prevent infection and speed healing.

Diet is the critical component to fast surgical recovery and the prevention and healing of chronic wounds.  If you need further guidance on how to eat for optimal health, contact us at