Some surgeons recommend bromelain supplements before and after surgery. Bromelain contains the enzyme in the pineapple stems and has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect and the ability to reduce swelling.
In fact, a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that patients recovered 17% faster if they took a mixture of bromelain , vitamin C, rutin and grape seed extract.
In the study, 82% of the participants benefited from a special mixture of herbal supplements during the initial phase of the healing process, with healing faster than that of subjects who received placebo. However, doctors did not know which ingredient in the mixture was responsible for the results.
Bromelain is commonly available where supplements are sold, but you should always consult your doctor before taking it or any other supplement.