Surgery can be a scary experience, and anxiety about a smooth recovery can add the stress of it all.  But new research indicates what you eat before you go under the knife may be a key to improving the results of the operation.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig has details in today's "Housecall for Health":

A new study suggests that avoiding certain types of foods before surgery can improve the overall outcome.  Researchers at Harvard found that many protein-based foods that contain the amino acid Tryptophan - like egg whites, soybeans and pork - can increase the chance of kidney damage during surgery and lower survival rates after the procedure.

The trials were conducted on mice given a Tryptophan-blocking drug for two weeks before undergoing surgery.

Housecall for Health, I'm Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.