What is Reason for Drinking Gaterade Before and Afer Surgery, Isnt Vitargo Suplement Better to Take?

What is Reason for Drinking Gaterade Before and Afer Surgery, Isnt Vitargo Suplement Better to Take? (Before a Mommy Makeover)

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Gatorade After Surgery

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Gatorade is a hydration sports drink that works mainly as is electrolyte rich which keeps you hydrated because of its electrolytes - mainly sodium.Many surgeons recommend it after surgery.  It is not given before surgery, only afterwards at a time when you might feel nauseated or not feel like eating and drinking. So using Gatorade rather than water (sodium "hangs on to the water" to keep it in your system) makes some sense. Once my patients are eating and drinking normally I tell them not to use it any more.

Vitargo is a commercially available sports drink that touts that its main benefit comes from its molecular modified carbohydrate. For the immediate post op period,therefore, it would be of little benefit and not better than Gatorade.

 

 


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Drinks before/after Mommy Makeover?

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Thank you for the question.

There is no specific “recommended drink or diet” for the pre or post-tummy tuck patient. A well-balanced diet with high fiber and a good protein source would obviously be helpful. Adding a protein shake ( to each meal) if necessary may also be helpful especially if your appetite is curtailed ( which often happens during this period). Frequent hydration is also important. Again, no specific brand has been shown to be superior.

Some other advice I give to patients prior to major surgery may be helpful to you:

1. Make sure you are doing the procedure for the right reasons (for yourself)  and that you have realistic expectations.  Be aware that an improvement in the “problem area” may not translate to an overall improvement in your life   situation.  You are bound to be disappointed with results of the procedure if your motivation for doing the surgery is not internally driven.

2. Time your surgery carefully; generally, it is not a good idea to have surgery done during or immediately after a stressful period in life (for example divorce or death of a loved one). The additional stress of surgery will undoubtedly be  more challenging to deal with if a patient's emotional reserves our already exhausted. Remember, that an improvement in your physical appearance will not translate to an improvement in your life situation.

3. If possible speak to patients who have undergone similar procedures and query them about the toughest times of their recovery period. Any practical hints previous patients can provide may be very helpful.

4. Make sure you are aware of potential complications that may arise how to reach your surgeon if necessary.
5. Make sure you have a strong and patient support system (several people if possible) in place who have time/patience to take care of you. Arrange for professional nursing if any doubt exists regarding the availability and/or stamina  of your caretakers.

6. Be patient with the healing process, understanding that it will take several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. It may also take many months/year to see the end results of your surgery.

7. Be prepared to distract your mind with things of interest such as books, magazines, and movies.

8. Expect less of yourself; do not go back to work, school or chores too early and let others take care of you (for a change).

9. Pick your surgeon carefully (a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon) and trust in his/her advice. Keep in close communication with your surgeon and do not hesitate to communicate questions/concerns and the   emotional swings that you may experience.

10. Resume all medications that you were using preoperatively when cleared by your plastic surgeon and stop the use of narcotics and sedatives as soon as feasible after surgery.

11. Keep in mind the end results as you go through the tougher emotional times after your surgery.
I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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