The simple pre-surgery precaution that could save your life

With today’s modern technology, it’s easy to assume that most elective surgery is simple and risk-free.

But with the rise of superbugs, nothing could be further from the truth.

Any surgery—no matter how “simple”—comes with risks. And surgical site infections are easily among the most common. They’re also among the most dangerous, leading to longer hospital stays, unplanned re-admissions, heavy duty antibiotic treatment… and sometimes, sadly, sepsis and death.

Needless to say, this isn’t a chance worth taking for anything other than an absolutely necessary procedure. Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t have a choice. That’s why I want to share the results of the following study with you today…

As part of a recent meta-analysis, researchers reviewed the results of 35 trials, featuring more than 3,000 patients. The goal was to look at the effects that probiotics and prebiotics have on the risk of post-surgery complications.

Here’s what they found: Patients who supplemented with probiotics benefited from significant drops in key inflammation markers, including C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6). They also suffered significantly fewer incidences of a wide range of surgical complications—from abdominal distension and diarrhea to pneumonia, sepsis, and urinary tract infections.

Plus, patients taking probiotics required shorter durations of antibiotic therapy. They also experienced shorter fevers, faster introduction of liquids and solid food, and shorter hospital stays.

And it’s really no wonder why: Analysis showed that probiotics and prebiotics fortify your body’s gut-mediated immune responses by generating an abundance of protective short-chain fatty acids—including acetic acid, butyric acid, and propionic acid.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Your best defense against bad bacteria is having a strong colony of good bacteria.

If the operating table simply can’t be avoided, supplementing with a high-quality probiotic could quite literally save your life. And, as always, I really can’t recommend anything better than Dr. Ohhira’s—which features prebiotics, probiotics, and bacteriocins that you won’t find anywhere else. So head over to my website,, and browse the “Shop” tab.


Skonieczna-Żydecka K, et al. “A Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Meta-Regression Evaluating the Efficacy and Mechanisms of Action of Probiotics and Synbiotics in the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections and Surgery-Related Complications.” J Clin Med. 2018 Dec 16;7(12).