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Old 05-12-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Diet adjustment for surgical recovery?

I'm having knee microfracture surgery next week and I'm wondering how to best adjust my diet to speed the healing. I CF and CFE 3-5 times per week and stay Zoned pretty much throughout the work week with some backsliding on the weekends. The surgery requires that I stay on crutches with no weight-bearing on the knee for 6 weeks...so, I'm thinking to compensate for the lack of exercise I might slip to a 12 block day instead of the current 16 block a day I'm practicing now. Anybody else have any post-surgical diet experience?
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Old 05-12-2009, 02:07 PM   #2
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Re: Diet adjustment for surgical recovery?

12 blocks is like... the minimum for women who weigh like 100-110 lbs.

Cut back maybe like 1 or 2 blocks max. Modify from there if necessary. CF/CFE don't really expend THAT much energy.

Talk to your ortho about whether you should be taking things like anti-inflammatories (fish oil) or any supplements that may improve recovery as well.
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Re: Diet adjustment for surgical recovery?

I guess my point was that I'll be relatively sedentary for a bit and don't want to blow up. Even if I'm only expending 500-800 cal a day right now with CF/CFE, at least I'm burning something. Laying around surfing porn and snorting motrin won't burn much at all.
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:58 PM   #4
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Re: Diet adjustment for surgical recovery?

I am not sure if you have had surgery before but I have had 3. I was worried about gaining weight also due to being sedentary. I found quite the opposite. I lost weight - mostly muscle. I talked to my ortho doc (who specializes in college and pro sports injuries) and a nurse who is an expert in exercise physiology - both of them said the same thing. Healing takes a tremendous amount of energy and work. So do NOT restrict your food intake. In fact you are supposed to eat more. Just think of how you need to eat when you are trying to gain muscle/weight - as your body is going through something similar. Just keep your calories clean. But really decreasing your blocks will only slow and hinder the recovery process. And I researched this quite a bit.
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