The Right Diet to Prepare for Back Surgery

When preparing for back surgery, most patients focus on the procedural details and post-operative care. However, one’s diet leading up to the surgery can play a significant role in ensuring a smooth recovery.

Here’s a guide on what to include in your pre-surgery diet to best support your spine.

Increase Protein Intake

Consume lean meats like chicken, turkey, or fish to boost muscle strength. Vegetarians can opt for lentils, beans, and tofu.

Anti-inflammatory Foods

Include omega-3 rich foods such as flax seeds, walnuts, and fatty fish. Turmeric and ginger are natural anti-inflammatories.

Vitamins and Minerals

Prioritize Vitamin C from citrus fruits and strawberries for tissue repair. For bone health, focus on calcium from dairy products and vitamin D from sunlight.

Stay Hydrated

Aim for 8-10 glasses of water daily. Limit caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate.

Limit Processed Foods

Reduce intake of foods high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats to avoid inflammation and immune system compromise.

Your diet plays a pivotal role in how you recover from back surgery. A focused, nutritious diet can reduce complications and accelerate the healing process. Always consult with your surgeon or a registered dietitian to tailor your diet according to your specific needs.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.