Hey, Iâ??ll be going under the knife to get ACL reconstruction in December. In the meantime, Iâ??m trying to get in as good as shape as possible so I bounce back faster. Regarding surgery, I was wondering if anyone out there used any supplements that may have contributed to a speedier than normal recovery. Metabolic Drive shakes, Flameout, Creatine, etc. was what I had in mind. Iâ??m not looking a for miracle but if this will help shave some time off my convalescence than Iâ??m all ears.
I'm not sure I would recommend ibuprofen with Curcumin 500 because of the potential interaction between piperine and ibuprofen. I think I recall reading some studies showing that ibuprofen's mechanism of action is blocked by piperine. The Curcumin 500 and Flameout might possibly be enough anyways, as other posters have reported.
I think it's safe to say that Curcumin 500 and Flameout are winners, and Superfood wouldn't hurt because you often don't get proper nutrition after a surgery. About Curcumin 500 and ibuprofen -- I don't know if that's a good idea because ibuprofen generally isn't considered a good post-operative pain killer. It's hard on the stomach and has asprin-like tendencies to lower clotting at the surgery site...which is why hydrocodone and tylenol/acetaminophen/paracetamol is the most common post-op pain killer for outpatients as opposed to any NSAIDs (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin, naproxin, ibuprofen, or ketoralac).
But given the apparent anti-inflammatory effects of fish oil (like Flameout) and pain blocking effects of Curcumin 500 make both good candidates. All evidence so far is that both supplements are very good for you on many levels, they may assist in reducing post-operative inflammation, and I've seen nothing that would indicate that they shouldn't be used post-op.
Actually, I did read all the post and all its replies, and one of the reasons I opted to make my own contribution to the thread was to counter misinformation on fish oil. Every doctor I've known has said to avoid NSAIDs, and I have yet to find one that has said 'avoid omega-3's/fish oil.'
And in case you were going to ask, yes I have gone out of my way to both ask practicing physicians about this matter as well as read any med journal article I could find on the topic, both because I like to be informed on something that's part of my daily diet and out of general curiosity on health matters.
Read any study on fish oil...it doesn't inhibit clotting to anywhere near the degree of NSAIDs. Unless you're a hemophiliac, some small degree of anti-coagulation of the blood is a good idea because having a clot form then break off into some critical system (such as a pulmonary embolism) is one of the more common post-surgery causes of morbidity and mortality. Omega-3's are not the same as ibuprofen, and offer plenty of recovery benefits.
You don't want extreme platelet aggregation after surgery -- clot formations is one of the main causes of post-surgical death, and this risk increases exponentially as people age. This plus the inflammation reduction weigh heavily in favor of omega-3 supplementation before and after a surgery. Yes you don't want the extreme anti-coagulating effects of NSAIDs, but comparing the relative effects of the NSAIDs and fish oil is like comparing a summer drizzle to a monsoon.
Of course, I'm amenable to new information, and not too proud to be proven wrong. Feel free to cite any studies that indicate omega-3's are a significant risk factor in surgery.