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Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby Cupcakediva » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:58 am

My pre-op list of supplements NOT to take include ginger and garlic, but does that mean don't EAT these things as well? I'm going on vacation, so it will be hard to know if there is garlic or ginger in my food. But I don't want any reason for my surgery to be post-poned because of something I ate. I have stopped all vitamins and supplements as of today and only taking my birth control pills. Thanks.
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby stayingcalm » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:25 am

I imagine they meant supplements. I wouldn't worry at all about eating garlic or ginger in your food!! Enjoy your vacation!
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:41 am

Yes, I agree, just stop supplements. It should be fine in food.

I have a clove of garlic daily which I put in my juicer with the rest of the veggies. I definitely stopped doing that prior to surgery. But far as garlic that would be in food as a seasoning, I would not worry.
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby leopard_pagan » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:48 am

what if you EAT a lot of garlic?.......

i cook with 2-3 garlic "bits" crushed in all my stews/mince/curries.
+ up to 3 big onions...

sorry i love my spice/taste in food!
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:11 am

yeah, probably a good idea to quit that a couple weeks ahead too, or however long the restriction is (if you have that restriction).

I just don't know. Even having a lot of something in a food, it is typically not NEAR what you would get in an actual supplement. Plus the body doesn't absorb it all.

But to be on the safe side, I'd either just stop or ask doc just to see.
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:14 am

I quit the garlic in my juicer just becasue I figured I might as well not take the chance. But, basically my doctor told me not to worry about anything in food. Just the supplements.
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby Cupcakediva » Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:51 am

I just talked to the hospital nurse for my pre-surgery assessment and she said garlic and ginger in food is fine. The supplements are VERY concentrated, so that's why there is a difference. I am happy to hear that I can continue taking my birth control pills (wouldn't want any slip-ups now!) and my Lunesta pills, which I will need to sleep leading up to surgery for sure! And anxiety meds if I need them. I put a big sign on my vitamins that says "Don't Take!"
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:37 am

LOL that is a great idea on the sign. We do these things out of habit and it would be easy to slip up!

I did take Vitamin C up til day before my surgery.
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby Cupcakediva » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:57 pm

I'm encouraged to take vitamin C...2,000-3,000 mg. I'm going to buy some tonight.
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:12 pm

Make sure you divvy it up. I am not sure how much Vitamin C the body absorbs at once but it may only be 500mg. I can't remember now but I think that's right. Meaning the rest will be wasted (and you'll see it in the toilet with very yellow pee!). So you want to divide it up through the day to actually get as close to that much as you can. Don't buy anything that gives that much in one pill. I took (and always take) 4 tablets a day, each 500mg.
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby Cupcakediva » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:01 pm

Thanks for telling me that...I didn't know! I just got back from Trader Joe's and bought the chewable tablets (they are huge) 500mg and I was going to take 4 per day. Now I know to take them throughout the day. Thanks!
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby kzimmermann » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:09 pm

I must have a lenient doctor! He said I could continue my vitamins till the night before surgery. I did take some additional arnica because I knew I would bruise more because of it. I started right back on them as soon as I got home from the hospital. I take pharmaceutical grade supplements and lots of them (16 pills total a day). I was afraid if I stopped my energy level would be really low. I was actually surprised my 1st week post op to be so tired even with my supplements. I think those post surgery drugs really contributed to that.

I also had no restrictions on diet but my doctor did ask me to eat light the week before surgery. He said it would allow him stitch my muscles tighter if my stomach wasn't bulging. He said he had a patient who ate a big steak dinner the night before surgery and it prevented him from getting her really tight.

Anyway, it is best to follow your doctors advice. I just wouldn't get too freaked about small amounts of spices in foods the week before surgery.
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby Cupcakediva » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:46 pm

Good point about eating light the week of surgery...I am putting a reminder on my calendar now. I hope I won't be PMS then...if so I will be bloated for sure :-(
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:35 pm

Chewables are great Cupcake! Better absorption like powders.

OMG I cannot imagine eating a steak the night before any surgery, let alone one this big!
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Re: Garlic & Ginger Pre-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:36 pm

Oh, maybe they won't affect you this way Cupcake, but for many people, including me, vitamin C can keep me from sleeping well if I take it at night. I take my last around 6:00 - 7:00pm for good measure. You may not have the problem, but it is not a fun night to test it if you do. Restless. Don't notice it if you are up, but when trying to sleep you might.
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