The Importance of Nutrition in Your Recovery from Surgery

For reasons associated with the high cost of hospital care and health insurance coverage, many post-surgical patients today are discharged from the hospital before they’re completely healed and ready to return home. For many such patients, short-term rehabilitation care at a skilled nursing facility specializing in rehab offers the ideal solution.

Short-term rehabilitation care offers several advantages over traditional hospital inpatient care, such as a more pleasant and comfortable recovery environment, a comprehensive focus on returning you to your preferred lifestyle, and restoring your abilities to do the things you most enjoy in life. Leading short-term rehabilitation care providers such as Bryn Mawr Terrace provide a comprehensive set of specialized rehabilitation services, medical expertise and amenities designed to make your stay more pleasant and your recovery as successful as possible.

Nutrition Counts!

One of the most important aspects of post-surgical recovery that is often overlooked is good nutrition. At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we provide a Clinical Dietitian who works with you, your family and medical professionals to create individualized meal plans that assure you are receiving the healthy foods your body needs. An effective nutrition program after your surgery is a vital ingredient for strengthening your body and your immune system to assure the most timely and successful recovery possible.

Nutrition’s Valuable Place in Your Post-Surgery Recovery

The article,What to Eat After Surgery” by surgery expert Jennifer Whitlock, RN, MSN, FNP-C states, “If you have had surgery, the food you eat can make a great impact on your recovery and on how quickly your wound heals. Eating the right foods can prevent complications, such as constipation, and provide the necessary building blocks your skin needs to heal quickly.”

Likewise, in her article,“Nutrition After Surgery: What You Need to Know for a Speedy Recovery” Tina Ruggiero, MS, RD, LD, a nutrition expert and award-winning author, says, “If you’ve been an active, independent adult for most of your life, suddenly finding yourself a patient can be demoralizing and even depressing. Having worked with many clients in a post-operative setting, I know that rehabilitation and recovery is different for everyone; however, good nutrition after surgery can speed wound healing, improve immunity and ensure the best outcomes.”

Adrienne O. Burns, MS, RDN, LDN, Clinical Dietitian at Bryn Mawr Terrace agrees. She says, “Focusing on nutrition can mean the difference between recovering quickly or a lengthy recovery. The food we eat and the beverages we drink form the building blocks that the body uses to repair fractures or build muscle. Being hydrated and consuming adequate amounts of calories and protein seem like simple goals to achieve but can often be difficult when debilitated from illness or surgery. The meals at Bryn Mawr Terrace are designed to help meet these goals via a familiar, home-style type offering.”

Experts emphasize that surgery or critical illness is a significant event for your body and explain that a highly nutritious diet can support your complete recovery in several ways. For example, better nutrition can:

  • Help your incisions heal
  • Provide the raw materials your immune system needs to protect you against infection
  • Help to replace any blood loss
  • Help to repair your skin, nerves, blood vessels, muscles and bones
  • Increase your level of energy

Nutritious Food That Also Tastes Great

At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we are very proud of our dining experience. Tasty, nourishing and appealing meals are served either in a resident’s room or in several dining rooms designed to accommodate residents with individual needs. Because we know that enjoying delicious food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, Adrienne meets individually with each resident to customize a nutritional plan, focusing on personal tastes and needs.

Good nutrition is only one part of the comprehensive rehabilitation program we call RenewAll Short-Term & Medically Complex Care, which has been developed specifically to support successful recoveries and safe returns to home. In addition to post-surgical recovery care, the RenewAll program balances medical management and physical rehabilitation to treat a variety of conditions and needs, including, but not limited to:

  • Joint replacement
  • Cardiopulmonary disease
  • Stroke
  • Reconditioning post-illness or injury

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A Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

There are times when the challenges associated with advanced age, a prolonged illness or a chronic condition make 24-hour care and support a necessity. At Bryn Mawr Terrace, we’re always here for you and your family. Our compassionate professional team treats our residents as family and respects their importance as individuals with their own unique life story.

We understand that each one of our residents has unique needs and desires, so we deliver personalized care and services tailored to each individual. The amenities and activities offered within our community are designed to keep our residents happy, fulfilled and living well. From delicious dining to a variety of social programming, we offer a lifestyle that’s meant to be lived!

Located near Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Terrace – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has provided exceptional care and services to seniors and their families since 1966. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

Today, Bryn Mawr Terrace serves as a Continuing Care Retirement Community, offering a range of services, including short-term rehabilitationtraditional nursing careindependent living, personal carememory carerestorative care and respite care – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing. For more information on Bryn Mawr Terrace and our variety of needs-based services, please call us at (610) 525-8300 or contact us online.

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Bryn Mawr Terrace and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.

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