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Nutrition And Surgery Specialist

Ali Hendi, MD

Skin Cancer Specialists & Mohs Surgeons located in Chevy Chase, MD

You want to give your skin and body the best chance of an optimal recovery after surgery. At the office of Ali Hendi, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the team emphasizes nutrition and surgery to promote your lasting well-being. Dr. Hendi and Joy Green, PA-C, suggest plant-based nutrition plans that may reduce bruising and swelling after skin cancer surgery and other procedures. We proudly serve the Washington, DC/DMV and the surrounding areas including: Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Potomac, PG County, Baltimore County, Arlington, Mclean, Tysons Corner, Vienna, Chantilly, Alexandria, and Fairfax. For whole-person care from skin cancer specialists, call today or book a consultation online.

Nutrition and Surgery

What is a plant-based diet?

As the name suggests, a plant-based diet emphasizes building your meals around plants rather than meat. With this type of nutrition plan, your diet consists mainly of vegetables, fruits, and other nutrient-rich foods, such as:

  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Oils

It's not that you never eat meat with this type of eating plan; it's just that meat doesn't play a leading role on your plate anymore. If you’re having surgery at the office of Ali Hendi, MD, your practitioner recommends eating plenty of vegetables and fruits to ensure your system has the proper nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed for a healthy recovery.

Are plant-based diets more healthy?

Numerous studies of popular plant-based diets, such as the Mediterranean diet, suggest these eating plans may provide a number of health benefits. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes vegetables, grains, and nuts, but also includes fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt. This type of eating plan may help to lower your risk for:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Breast, colon, and prostate cancers

Similarly, research has found that vegetarian diets may lower high blood pressure, increase your lifespan, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Because of all of these benefits, the office of Ali Hendi, MD, encourages proper nutrition before and after your surgery to promote the best possible outcome.

How are good nutrition and surgery-related?

There is a natural interplay between nutrition and surgery. Good nutrition prepares your body for the mild trauma that occurs with any type of surgery, whether you’re having Mohs surgery, transplant dermatology, or advanced surgical care.

Conversely, a body lacking in vital nutrients may not bounce back from surgery as swiftly, delaying the recovery process. Good nutrition is particularly important to consider if you’re battling skin cancer.

The team at the office of Ali Hendi, MD, understands the interplay between nutrition and surgery. Their experience has shown that eating a plant-based diet may help to minimize swelling and bruising after surgery. 

This beneficial effect may be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of a diet that emphasizes plants over meat. The team at Dr. Hendi’s office suggests general nutritional guidelines to promote your lasting health — before and after surgery.

To learn more about nutrition and surgery, call the office of Ali Hendi, MD, or book a consultation online.