Foods that Increase & Decrease Inflammation after Spine Surgery

Category: Surgery Recovery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: March 20, 2015

fruits and vegetablesWe have offered plenty of tips on how to quickly and effectively recovery after a minimally invasive spine surgery. However, we have not yet talked about post-op diet as it relates to inflammation in the joints. Inflammation around the surgical site is one of the leading causes of pain and discomfort in patients after spine surgery. Watching what you eat can help reduce post-op inflammation and pain. Here are a few foods that can help reduce inflammation after surgery, as well as foods to avoid following your procedure.

Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation in the joints and around the surgical wound can cause intense pain. Here are a number of foods that reduce inflammation and should be added to your post-op diet:

  • Fish, especially fatty fish like Salmon.
  • Whole grains, rather than refined carbohydrates.
  • Peppers, tomatoes, and greens.
  • Ginger and garlic.
  • Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

These foods are part of a healthier general diet. As an added bonus, they all have the potential to reduce swelling and inflammation in the body.

Foods that Increase Inflammation

There are also certain foods that can cause increased inflammation in the joints. Here are some foods to avoid while you recover:

  • Processed sugar. This includes candy, soda, fruit juices, and most deserts.
  • Saturated fats. Pizza and cheese both fall under this category.
  • Refined Carbs, including white bread, rice, and potatoes.
  • MSG – an ingredient found in a lot of Asian cuisine.
  • Excess alcohol. Not a food, but it should be avoided all the same.

Recovering from a spine surgical procedure is all about helping your body through the natural healing process. You can do this by taking any prescribed medications, sticking to your surgeon’s post-op orders, and watching your diet. Avoid foods that can increase inflammation and stick to those healthier options that can reduce inflammation in the body.

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