Dr. Leslie Stevens, Co-Director of the Lasky Clinic

20 Foods to Avoid Before Surgery

By Dr. Stevens on 22 December 2011

foods to avoid 20 Foods to Avoid Before Surgery

After making the commitment to schedule and undergo a cosmetic procedure, it’s important for all patients to be prepared for pre-and post-surgery care.  Health and diet will play a major role in the healing and recovery process and should not be taken lightly. In addition to having questions answered during the final consultation, patients will need to speak with their surgeon about their daily nutrition before and after surgery. Here are several foods that Dr. Stevens recommends patients should avoid to ensure a safe and healthy recovery period.  However, please note that Dr. Stevens recommends that only patients with an existing problem with clotting avoid these healthy fruits and nuts. Dr. Stevens feels that the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks.

The following food items that contain salicylates that can affect blood clotting:

  • Almonds
  • Apricots
  • Berries (All)
  • Cherries
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar

White carbohydrates

  • bagels
  • rice
  • pasta

It is also a good idea for patients to avoid very salty foods at least three days prior to surgery. To find out other ways you can prepare for a plastic surgery procedure, contact Dr. Stevens and get access to his informational eBook on Preparing for Plastic Surgery.

Additional Resources:  

10 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon About Post-Plastic Surgery Recovery

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