Getting enough protein after surgery is absolutely necessary and protein shakes are almost always needed.
Here's an overview of what you need to know about protein supplements.
Protein supplements come in several forms:
Dietary instruction will vary, but most patients need protein supplements AT LEAST starting 2 weeks before surgery and up to 6 weeks after surgery.
Many patients start drinking protein shakes well before this and use shakes longer than 6 weeks post op.
Be sure to follow your heath care provider's instruction because excess protein supplements may add excess calories or get in the way of eating other foods you need.
Choosing A Protein Supplement
A Serving is One Scoop of protein powder or 8 oz of protein shake.
Each serving should be:
It is important to consume complete protein isolates: Whey, Soy, Egg, Milk, Casein.
List of Recommended Protein Powders
List of Ready-To-Drink Protein Shakes
Lisa Hugh, Registered Dietitian.
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