Research has shown that smoking doubles your risk of complications with anaesthesia and surgery. Benefits have been shown if cigarettes are stopped for even 6 weeks before surgery as the blood supply to the skin and oxygen levels in the blood both increase.
Eating a sensible balanced diet and taking regular moderate exercise helps general well-being, and stands to you undergoing surgery.
Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin E have all been proven to reduce inflammation and promote wound healing and can be safely taken before and after an operation. Vitamin E may affect the body’s ability to clot so it should not be supplemented to above the recommended daily allowance.
Most Irish people find it a struggle to maintain a healthy weight. It has been shown that both low and high body mass indices/ BMIs are associated with increased surgical complications. If you would like some help before surgery to stabilise or improve your weight we would be delighted to help you at the Bon Secours. Unfortunately certain operations cannot be performed at high BMIs. Also your health insurance provider has guidelines about what BMI is required by them for a specific surgery before they will cover it.