I have surgery scheduled for August 21st to repair my AC joint. Collectively, it is called a Mumford procedure, including distal clavicle resection, acromioplasty and subacromial decompression, which as I understand it involves removing the bursa and cleaning out the joint.
I have been on a very anti-inflammatory diet for a while now and have been taking all sorts of anti-inflammatory and joint support supplements while exhausting all non-surgical treatments. It looks like surgery is going to be the way to go.
My question is this: Is inflammation an important part of the healing process post-surgery? In the article “Injuries: Nutrition and Recovery,” Dr. John Berardi says a “balanced inflammatory profile” is beneficial rather than an anti-inflammatory one.
Also, my doctor said no anti-inflammatory meds for 1 week prior to surgery. I realize many NSAIDs are also blood thinners, maybe this is why?
This all seems counter intuitive, as ice and the standard R.I.C.E technique (which reduces inflammation) are recommended for recovery.
Also, I’ve recently discovered systemic enzymes (Wobenzym being the most researched/popular) which besides all the anti-inflammatory benefits, actually claims to help surgery recovery. Bromelain(one of these enzymes) is even mentioned in the Dr. Berardi article mentioned above.
Any thoughts on how it can be both anti-inflammatory and boast cutting post-op recovery time? There does seem to be plenty of long-term research on the subject to back it up.
Should I stay on the anti-inflammatory and joint supps (Flameout, Curcumin 500, SuperCissus, Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM, Animal Flex) or drop it and pick back up after surgery? I realize there are multiple questions here, and I will be asking my doctor the same questions.
I was hoping someone here could offer some insight into my surgery recovery nutrition conundrum.