Medications, Supplements, & Nutrition Post-Op

It was requested that I make a list of all the supplements that I took throughout recovery. Also, someone asked which my surgeon suggested and which I either chose to take on my own or were recommended by other guys. I will make sure to specify which was the case for each of them. Also, I took most everything for about 30 days post-op. The exception would be the Cranberry extract that I will probably take once daily, indefinitely to maintain good UL health.

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I’m also adding in a much more succinct, downloadable, printable checklist here:

Printable: Phalloplasty Preparation & Packing

 

And here’s the unabridged version:

Homeopathic Remedies:

  • ARNICA MONTANA (30c) – USED FOR: Muscle pain and stiffness, Swelling from injuries, Discoloration from bruising. DOSAGE: 5 pellets 3 times per day NOTE: You should not handle these pellets with your hands as the oils from your fingers impacts the potency of the remedy…  ~ Recommended by surgeon ~
  • THIOSINAMINUM (or you might use a remedy called Graphites) (30c) – USED FOR: Scar Tissue. DOSAGE: 5 pellets 3 times per day NOTE: You should not handle these pellets with your hands as the oils from your fingers impacts the potency of the remedy… Recommended by surgeon ~
  • STAPHYSAGRIA (30c) – USED FOR: Promotes healing of surgical wounds. DOSAGE: 5 pellets 3 times per day NOTE: You should not handle these pellets with your hands as the oils from your fingers impacts the potency of the remedy… Recommended by surgeon ~

 

Other Supplements:

  • VITAMIN CUSED FOR: Immune system support, growth and repair of tissue in all parts of the body DOSAGE: 1,000mg daily… ~ Self Prescribed ~
  • D-MANNOSE (Powder or Capsules) – USED FOR: Adheres to undesirable foreign substances, preventing them from sticking to the lining of the bladder. DOSAGE: 1,500-2,000mg, taken 1-2 times per day… Recommended by surgeon ~
  • L-LYSINE – USED FOR: Skin & tissue support, Speeds wound healing. DOSAGE: 1,000mg, 1x daily… ~ Self Prescribed ~
  • JUVEN – USED FOR: Helps build new tissue when your body needs it the most, after injury, surgery, and wounds. DOSAGE: 1-2 packets mixed in with 8 ounces of preferred drink… ~ Self Prescribed ~
  • NATURE’S PLUS ULTRA CRANBERRY (this is a brand I’ve seen highly recommended by multiple sources but you could certainly use another brand) USED FOR: Supports a healthy urinary tract. DOSAGE: 1,000mg daily (I’ve been taking it twice a day)… Recommended by surgeon ~ (or 100% cranberry juice as an alternative)
  • BROMELAIN – USED FOR: Reducing swelling and inflammation, especially after surgery or injury. Can also reduce pain and have a positive effect on the immune system. DOSAGE: 2 tablets, taken 3 times per day NOTE: This was part of the “Recovery Support Program” vitamin package that I purchased through Vitamedica (listed below) but it seemed important to have it’s own bullet point. You can also benefit from these healing properties simply by eating pineapple – but it should be freshly cut. The active healing enzyme that makes Bromelain so powerful, does not survive the canning, jarring, and bottling process. Cutting a pineapple is no easy feat, even when you’re at full health, so either have your caretaker give you a hand, or just purchase freshly cut pineapple, which is actually pretty readily available. I found it at local grocery stores and even multiple places within the airport…  ~ Self Prescribed ~
  • “RECOVERY SUPPORT PROGRAM” VITAMINS (THROUGH VITAMEDICA) – USED FOR: One-month program designed to speed wound healing, support the immune system, prevent infection, and minimize inflammation. DOSAGE: There were 3 bottles in this program: The Bromelain that I mentioned above, then two “Clinical Support” bottles – both a morning and an evening formula. The morning and evening formulas were 3 pills each… ~ Self Prescribed ~
  • PROBIOTICS –USED FOR: Restoring and maintaining healthy gut bacteria. DOSAGE: I’m not going to list dosages because depending on which one you get it’s going to be different. There are capsules, tablets, chewables, powders, and liquids. Usually taken 1-3 times per day depending on the product. Some are shelf-stable and others need to be refrigerated after opening. Find one you like that fits your budget. Usually it’s best to take after eating (food raises the PH level in your belly) so that your stomach acids don’t kill the good bacteria before they reach your gut. However, the label on the bottle will ultimately be the best directions to follow… Antibiotics often WRECK your intestinal flora – diarrhea is a common side effect. Some sort of probiotics will help counteract this. Another option is eating a few ounces of yogurt with live cultures at least once a day… ~ Self Prescribed ~
  • PROTEIN POWDER & PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS (Whey/Soy/Hemp etc) – Protein needs are super important, for life in general but especially while recovering from such an intense surgery. Protein needs vary depending on age, sex, weight, activity level and whether or not your goals include some scope of bodybuilding. In general, it’s recommended that you need .8-1.8 grams of protein for each kilogram of body weight. There are lots of options to meet your daily requirement. I’m vegetarian, a bit of a picky eater, and I had little to no appetite for weeks after surgery. I ended up using protein powder, Ensure or Boost, eggs, peanut butter or sunflower seed butter, and (surprisingly) yogurt, to meet the bulk of my protein needs because it was just what I was able to stomach at the time. If you can’t calculate kilograms (like me), this calculator will help you figure out how many grams of protein you should be aiming to hit each day: http://www.calculator.net/protein-calculator.html   ~ Self Prescribed ~

 

Misc Medications:

  • IBUPROFEN – USED FOR: General pain reliever, fever reducer, anti-inflammatory. DOSAGE: 200-400mg, taken every 4-6 hrs. NOTE: I specifically took this for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, Acetaminophen does NOT have the same capabilities… Recommended by surgeon ~ (as an alternative to Tylenol)
  • ACETAMINOPHEN/TYLENOL – USED FOR: General pain reliever, fever reducer. DOSAGE: 250-500mg, taken every 6 hrs as needed. NOTE!!!!!!: Even though this is an over-the-counter drug it’s VERY important you do not overdose on this medication. Acetaminophen is highly toxic to the liver if used in excess to the recommended dosage and can result in death. It’s important that if you are taking Percocet (usually has Tylenol mixed into it) that you do not also take Tylenol separately… Recommended by surgeon ~ (as an alternative to Ibuprofen)
  • ASPRIN – USED FOR: Blood thinner. DOSAGE: 325mg, taken daily…  Recommended by surgeon ~
  • COLACE – USED FOR: Stool softener. DOSAGE: 100mg, taken 1-2 times daily. NOTE: Discontinue or reduce use if you have loose stools… Recommended by surgeon ~
  • BENEDRYL – USED FOR: Antihistamine (i.e. helps with itching caused by narcotics) . DOSAGE: 25-50mg, every 4-6 hrs as needed. NOTE: I was having itching in the hospital which is a common side effect while taking narcotics. So they started giving me IV benadryl, which, to be honest was AMAZING, better than any of the pain meds! I would fall asleep immediately after they pushed it through my IV. Sleeping troubles are common after this surgery. This is one good option to help you sleep a little better. If only the IV form was available after I got out of the hospital! Seriously, you’re missing out if you don’t ask for it… Recommended by surgeon ~
  • ONDANSETRON/ZOFRAN – USED FOR: Nausea DOSAGE: 4mg, taken every 8 hrs as needed NOTE: This is a prescription medication. I mention it because if you commonly have nausea from anesthesia or narcotics, it’s wise to be proactive and request this pre-operatively. Both so that they can treat you for nausea before you wake up from surgery and while you’re still in the hospital, but also so they know to send you home with a script. You can also request a “Scop patch” (Scopolamine Transdermal Patch) that they place behind your ear, which helps with nausea for about three days immediately after surgery… ~ Prescribed by surgeon ~

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3 thoughts on “Medications, Supplements, & Nutrition Post-Op”

  1. Thank you for sharing. Did you take any of this before surgery or just after surgery? I am vegetarian also…almost vegan. I eat eggs. I am scheduled for my first stage surgery April 11, 2016 and the second stage on May 19, 2016. Glad you are doing well.

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