I believe in leaving no stone unturned when investigating the best ways to insure my patients’ comfort while under my care. During more than 25 years in practice I’ve discovered that sensibly melding the best elements of homeopathic, nutritional health and traditional medicine provides patients with optimum healing benefits.
At the Robert Zubowski MD Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus, NJ, we routinely include lymphatic drainage massages post-surgery in our treatment plan for all surgery patients. These massages promote faster recovery. In preparation for any surgery we also start patients on a course of arnica and bromelain therapy. These homeopathic herbal remedies work to soothe wound pains and reduce swelling while simultaneously stimulate efficient healing.
Oftentimes I’ll remind my patients once they are scheduled for surgery that they are what they eat and never more so as the countdown begins. Studies have confirmed that by eating certain foods you may decrease your downtime after surgery. For example, everyone knows that eating fruit is good for you. But did you know that pineapple, which contains the enzyme bromelain, works naturally on your system as an anti-inflammatory? A study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery indicates that simply by following a regimen combining specific nutrients such as bromelain, vitamin C, rutin and grapeseed extract, you may reduce your recovery time by 17 percent. In addition, eating just one cup of pineapple provides 80 percent of your daily manganese needs. Manganese helps with the healing of wounds by stimulating the production of new cartilage and collagen.
In addition to being a tasty treat, fresh pineapple, as well as fresh papaya, have been shown to help reduce swelling and bruising after surgery. Both of these tropical fruits contain a natural enzyme called papain.
Overall, maintaining a well balanced diet that’s high in protein aids in tissue repair. Finally, don’t forget to drink plenty of water and you’ll be helping yourself to a smoother recovery.
If you have any questions or would like more information about any of our services or procedures, please contact Ann Carbone, our Practice Manager.