Guide to Prep for and Recover From Surgical Procedures

woman awaits surgery

Dr. Darlene Holloway, a naturopath and founder of the Alternative Health Center of Cary, frequently serves as a healing guide for clients who are facing or recovering from surgery.

“I have been a partner in the pre- and post-surgical experience for more than three decades,” she acknowledges, “and I have become keenly aware that a client’s attitude about surgery has a profound impact on the outcome of the procedure. So I encourage my clients to gather information and connect with internal resources in a way that will truly serve their interests.”

She works in this support role with such ability that several years ago she won recognition as the Colon Therapist of the Year, tapped by the International Association of Colon Therapist with their highest honor. She continues to serve as a consultant for the organization.

Preparing for Surgery

Darlene Holloway

Dr. Darlene Holloway is internationally respected
for her expertise in detoxification procedures.

“Some people need and want to know all the details of the coming surgical event,” Dr. Holloway notes, “and they gather an abundance of information so they can fully prepare themselves, mentally, physically, and emotionally, for the coming journey. Others are more inclined to simply turn the event over to the experts and hope and pray for the best possible outcome.

“My goal is to help our clients approach surgery with a confident sense that they are going to have a positive and healing outcome. Often, I will do extensive muscle therapy with clients in advance of coming surgery, to help prepare them both physically and emotionally.”

And, says Dr. Holloway, there is the issue of diet. “I encourage my clients to abstain from heavy foods well before surgery. Drugs are inevitably part of surgery, and they frequently induce constipation. Drugs affect people in different ways—there are few constants. So I encourage clients prior to surgery to monitor their nutrient, vitamin, and mineral intake, to strengthen the immune system to cope with the coming surgical event. I suggest this close attention to diet and supplementation for at least two weeks prior to surgery; even longer is better. On an individual basis, I might also recommend fasting for 24 hours prior to surgery, along with colon hydrotherapy to flush out the colon. How uncomfortable it is to be constipated and at the same time be dealing with a surgical incision!”

Post-Surgical Concerns

Hospital staff usually want a client to move their bowels before they are released, Dr. Holloway notes, and for some procedures—on the gall bladder or prostate, for example—“it’s difficult to accomplish this for some time after surgery. In those cases, it’s especially important to be cleaned out and properly nourished going into the procedure.

“Six to eight weeks after surgery, we urge our clients to come in for detoxification, so we can move the residual drugs from their system. We do that in a number of ways: through diet, detox supplements and body wraps, colon hydrotherapy, lymphatic massage, and ion cleanse. It’s essential to get these drugs, which served their purpose during surgery, out of the body as completely as possible, and to resume a healthy regimen of vitamins, supplements, good diet, and colon health.”

While she and her colleagues offer numerous healing therapies, Dr. Holloway is best known for her work in colon irrigation—a safe, effective method of cleansing the large intestine by gently flushing with filtered water.

“Our purpose with colon hydrotherapy, in terms of physical goals, is to hydrate the system, remove waste, stimulate peristalsis—muscle movement—rehabilitate the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulatory and immune systems that form the components of the digestive system, and to reposition the intestines,” she explains.

“We certainly do not diagnose illnesses in our practice, and I would never suggest that colon hydrotherapy helps cure colon cancer or any other disease,” she says, “but colonic therapy clearly offers significant preventive and ameliorative benefits for many health problems including cancer. And a cleansing, detoxification program is clearly beneficial both before and after surgery.”

For more information about colon hydrotherapy and other therapies offered at the center, contact:


919 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (919) 380-0023

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