Santa Monica Acupuncture and Wellness

Santa Monica Acupuncture after Surgery

No matter how small a surgery is, it carries significant physical and emotional effects. Acupuncture has been proven to help people heal before and after a surgery.

A Study on the Effects of Acupuncture for Post-Operative Pain Relief


A recent Duke University study showed that acupuncture not only reduced the post-operative pain but also lessened the need for pain medication. Anesthesiologists from Duke analyzed data from over fifteen tests and discovered that for optimal results, it is best to receive acupuncture before and after surgery. Doing this also reduced the effects caused by opioids if taken.

Similar studies have also reported a decrease in the level of nausea and the intensity of post-operative vomiting. American Society of Anesthesiologists investigated the study and concluded that acupuncture decreased nausea by as much as 33 percent, dizziness by almost 40 percent, urinary retention by 70 percent, and pruritus by about 25 percent, all compared to those who received standard procedures.

Acupuncture Before and After Surgery

Here are other benefits of including acupuncture in your preparation for surgery and recovery from surgery.

It can reduce stress: Most people are nervous about having surgery. Scheduling an acupuncture treatment at least one week before, will calm you down and improve your sleep.

It can strengthen your immune system: Being healthy before the surgery is important as it can help you heal faster. Acupuncture before and after your procedure will boost your immune system and help you recover faster.

It can reduce scarring: Acupuncture works wonders on scars, both cosmetic and internal, by bringing back the sensation to the affected area.

It will help you recover faster: Rest and sleep are very important to recovering from surgery, and acupuncture can help you relax so you can sleep better.

Acupuncture for Post Surgical Healing

Acupuncture for Post-Operative Pain ReliefAcupuncture can also help with the body’s recovery following surgery. No matter how advanced surgical techniques are these days, surgery is still a type of trauma that the body must recover and heal from afterwards. Acupuncture helps to boost the immune system and to restore proper functioning to the body, and in post-operative care can help the body to recover and regain health more quickly.  Acupuncture can also help with inflammation, decrease swelling and improve mobility and range of motion after surgery. This is important to recovery in order for a person to regain their full abilities and have full use of the body in the months down the road from surgery. Acupuncture may also help reduce adhesion formation and reduce scarring and scar tissue as the body heals from surgery.

Research shows that acupuncture can be very effective for post-operative recovery when surgery is followed by a series of acupuncture treatments, and it can also be beneficial to perform acupuncture a day or two, and even a week before surgery. This ensures that the body is in a healthy state going into surgery in order to ensure a complete and healthy recovery.

If you or someone you know in the Santa Monica / Los Angeles area will be having or already had surgery, give us a call or send an email in order to discuss how acupuncture can help.


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Laurie Binder, Doctor of Acupuncture (RILB)

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