Nutritional Optimization Specialist

Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Physicians & Pulmonologist located in Metairie, LA

Whether you are preparing to undergo orthopedic surgery or seeking a lifestyle change, nutritional optimization can lower your risk of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, autoimmune disease and many other diseases. From a surgical standpoint, it can decrease potential complications and speed up your post-surgical recovery process. The Lifestyle Medicine team of caring professionals at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine and ONE Clinic in Metairie, Louisiana, provides nutritional optimization with a focus on plant-based nutrition. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Nutritional Optimization Q&A

What is nutritional optimization?

Nutritional optimization is a type of health care that encourages people who are preparing to undergo surgery to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Undergoing surgery is like running a marathon in that it takes a significant toll on your body. This is especially true if you’re living with an underlying health problem like hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes. 

Additionally, nutritional optimization speeds up your body’s natural healing process, prevents the need for lengthy hospital stays, and lowers your risk of common surgery-related complications like excess bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. 

What does nutritional optimization involve?

Nutritional optimization begins with a consultation at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine. During this appointment, your provider reviews your medical history and conducts a physical exam. Next, your provider asks you about any prescription medications or supplements you’re taking. They also quiz you about lifestyle habits like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, and your sleep hygiene. 

Last but not least, your provider asks you about the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. If you have trouble remembering your meals from one day to the next, keep a food log and write down what you consume at every meal—keeping a food log for at least two weeks before your appointment can provide your doctor with key insights about your vitamin and nutrient levels. 

After gathering all of the necessary information, your Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine provider develops a custom pre-surgery nutritional regimen. The length of time you’ll need to stick to this regimen depends on your current health, the type of surgery you need, and your provider’s treatment goals. 

What foods will I need to eat before surgery?

No two nutritional optimization dietary regimens are exactly alike. However, the team at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine usually recommends a plant-based, whole foods diet that consists of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. If you’re vitamin deficient or malnourished, they might also recommend nutritional supplements to restore your body to balance. 

If you need surgery to address an injury or musculoskeletal problem, nutritional optimization provides a safe and effective way to boost your health and prevent complications. To schedule your appointment at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine, call the office or book online today.