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Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Ewok, Feb 22, 2018.

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    Did or does anyone's surgeon having you drink the new Pre-surgery Ensure?
     
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    Hi @Ewok and :welome: to BoneSmart. We’re happy you found our community!

    I haven’t heard of surgeons telling patients to drink the new Ensure, but maybe someone will come along who’s been told that. Concerns about nutrition usually appear post-op (due to meds messing with appetite), if at all.

    Here's some pre-op reading for you.

    If you have concern about pain with this surgery, Plan For Pain, can be helpful for having this discussion with your medical team.

    New BoneSmart members like you are in various stages of their journey to joint replacement. Making the decision whether or not to have surgery and preparing for surgery can be easier once you have done your research and know what lies ahead. Here are some tools that can help you decide what is best for you.

    If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:

    Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic knee?
    Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
    BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
    Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

    If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:

    Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
    Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
    Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

    Regardless of where you are in the process, the website and app My Knee Guide can help you stay organized and informed. The free service keeps all the information pertaining to your surgery and recovery in one place on your smartphone. It is intended to be a personal support tool for the entire process.

    And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced knee, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:

    Stories of amazing knee recoveries


    If you have any questions, fire away - we're here to help.
     
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    After looking on the internet, I am not sure whether my surgeon is going to have me drink Pre-Surgery Ensure or Surgery Ensure.
     
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    My surgeon suggested it before my THR. I opted not to do that. My diet is pretty good and I didn't see a need to change that.
     
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    Ewok, I had to drink the pre operative ensure routine. If your physician ordered it, then it is protocol to follow orders.
     
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    Absolutely. If your OS ordered it, do it. I would have if mine had.
     
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    Looks faddy to me!
     
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    I suppose it couldn't hurt, particularly if your diet isn't the most balanced or you have other health issues. If the doctor says to do it, I would.
     
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    Yuck, have you tasted that stuff??? Ugh!! I think that a doctor who suggests things that he probably has not tasted is just reading a brochure and saying---oh that sounds good. I will suggest it to my patients.
     
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    I have never heard of it. What is the purpose?
     
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    The pre-surgery Ensure is supposed to provide hydration along with some nutrients that could help your body prepare for the trauma of surgery. But in looking at the website's links to scientific studies (hard to find, by the way), the science is not there to support it for hip and knee replacement surgery. To me, it's a real reach to say it would be a benefit for anyone. While it wouldn't hurt you to drink it, it's expensive ($3-$4 per serving). Water and a vitamin pill is a lot less expensive.

    The post-surgery Ensure is a bit better as it's goal is to beef up your protein intake which is good for healing. But....as always, it's better to get these nutrients from real food and not from a supplement. So, the best thing is to practice healthy eating and add extra protein sources following surgery. If you use the post-surgery Ensure, it won't hurt you, though, except in the pocketbook. It's about $2.50 per bottle (sold in 4-packs) in drug stores; a little less buying in bulk at Costco or Sam's Club.
     
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    Ugh and it tastes terrible!! and I am lactose intolerant, I would never drink another bottle of that stuff!!! I used Protein drinks from the store but not milk based ones!!
     
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    Apparently it’s not necessary, as most of us, including me have never used it.
     
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    @Ewok I've been reading through the info they've sent me to prepare for my surgery. One of the new things on the list is "start drinking the carbohydrate drink recommended by your surgeon 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time. Finish it within 15 minutes." I'm thinking it may be the same, or similar to, your instructions. I plan to ask my OS about it at my pre-op app't as those kinds of things usually upset my stomach, if I can stand the taste enough to get it past my lips.
    I've also noticed a few other changes which include being able eat up to 8 hours before surgery and drink up to 2 hours prior, so I'm thinking this carb drink thing is some new fad that may or may not go by the wayside in the future. Personally, I think it sounds a bit nutty.
     
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    It's important to go into surgery well-hydrated. I agree with that.

    I'm not convinced that Ensure will work any miracles, though. I think it's just a case of the company having a good advertising department.
     
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    I wasn’t allowed anything to eat or drink after midnight. I would love to have been able to drink something before surgery. I was so thirsty.
     
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    The day before surgery I had to drink 3 bottle of ensure clear with each meal, and one at 10pm , clears liquid
    after midnight. The last bottle of clear ensure was drank 2 hours before surgery. Then npo. All of the ensure with instructions was supplied by the hospital during my preop class.
     
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    ^ ^ Yuk!
     
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    Lol it was bad! It equal to around 1200 calorie total . Being nervous before surgery, that was about all I could tolerate!
     
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    Eww, yuck!
     

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