Natural Alternatives To Common Surgeries

There are few things that make people as anxious as the prospect of surgery. Beyond just the risks associated with any surgical procedure, there is also an additional problem that many people may not even realise — medical and surgical errors.

Still, the odds are that you will eventually find yourself going under the knife one way or the other. More than 46 million surgeries are performed annually in Southeast Asia alone, just about equally divided between those carried out in hospitals (in-patient procedures) and in doctors’ offices (outpatient procedures). However, the big question remains: Is all that surgery necessary?

Much of it certainly is, but do not for once allow the dazzling new procedures to cloud your decision-making abilities. The biggest mistake is that people devote little time looking for alternatives. Prevention is certainly the best way to avoid the scalpel, but a handful of natural therapies can help keep you out of the operating theatre as well.

 

Cataract Surgery

What good does a pair of beautiful eyes bring if your vision is nothing but a blur? Cataracts are cloudy areas of the eye’s lens, which impair vision. A major risk factor is excessive, unprotected exposure to sunlight, which generates free radicals and damages proteins in the lens.

What Surgery Entails

Surgery for this issue basically involves removing the damaged lens and replacing it with an artificial one.

Avoid The Knife

Although reversing cataracts seems unlikely, it may be possible to slow or stop the progression of small cataracts. The fluid surrounding the eye is rich in antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals and reduce damage to the proteins forming the lens. A recent study of more than 36,000 physicians found that diets high in lutein and zeaxanthin were associated with an 18% reduced risk of cataracts. Spinach and broccoli, both of which are rich in antioxidants carotenoids, were among the most protective foods. Long-term use of vitamin C supplements can also reduce the risk of cataracts. Additionally, vitamin E and alpha lipoic acid may also lower the risk of cataracts. Researchers from the State University of New York found that people taking vitamin E supplements had a 57% lower risk of cataracts.

When Surgery Is Required

Cataract removal and replacement is rather direct and can be performed in a doctor’s office. Upon successful surgery, you should focus on how you can that boost the process of healing and attain healthy eyes with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

 

Heart Surgery

Coronary disease is a narrowing of the blood vessels leading from the heart. Blood vessel walls are initially damaged by homocysteine, a substance produced during the breakdown of protein. Cholesterol and other substances are deposited to limit the damage while “smooth muscle cells” in blood vessel walls proliferate and choke off blood flow.

What Surgery Entails

One of the most common symptoms of coronary artery disease is angina or chest pain. Surgeons treat it with cardiac catheterisation or coronary artery bypass surgery.

Avoid The Knife

For long-term prevention, eat a diet that lowers your risk of insulin resistance, a prediabetic condition that increases the risk of heart disease. This diet should be low in refined carbohydrates and high in protein (think fish and poultry), along with tons of fresh vegetables. Leafy green vegetables provide ample amounts of folic acid, a B vitamin needed to break down homocysteine. Vitamin E, on the other hand, is critical for protecting cholesterol from being oxidised. In addition, CoQ10 has also been observed to effectively reduce angina pain, with bypass patients faring much better when they take this vitamin-like nutrient before and after surgery.

When Surgery Is Required

Some vitamins, particularly antioxidants, can greatly reduce complications and improve survival among patients undergoing heart surgery. Vitamins C and E, CoQ10 as well as alpha lipoic acid are known to rid dangerous free radicals.

 

Gallbladder Surgery

The gallbladder’s role is to store bile, which is crucial for the digestion of fats in your body. An estimated 20% of the global population under the age of 65 suffer from gallstones. In addition, overweight, middle-aged women have the highest risk of developing gallstones.

What Surgery Entails

Large gallstones may enter and obstruct the intestine and cause erosion to the walls of your gallbladder, Surgery may remove just the gallstone or the entire gallbladder.

Avoid The Knife

Researchers have found that gallstone patients tend to consume less food, including less fish and fruit but more meat, cereal and sugar than healthy subjects. Another study found that women consuming large amounts of vitamin C — especially as supplements — were 23% less likely to have their gallbladders removed than women consuming little vitamin C. Therefore, large doses of fish oil may reduce the risk of gallstones.

When Surgery Is Required

Many people have gallstones that do not cause any symptoms. But that does not that inflammation of the gallbladder is not painful. In serious cases, surgery is required. After healing from surgery, moderate physical activity along with vitamin C and fish oil supplementation may reduce the risk of recurrence.

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