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How to prepare for and support healing after surgery?

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Whether you are going in for a small cosmetic procedure or an operation that is something much more serious, preparing your body for surgery is extremely important. In addition to following your surgeon’s instructions, proper nutrition leading up to your procedure is vital to a healthy recovery. Your body uses a lot of energy to heal after the surgery, therefore any nutrient deficiencies may delay wound healing, alter immune response, and lengthen the recovery process.

The good news is that this can all be avoided with nutritional vitamin supplementation before and after surgery with Pre/Post - Surgery IV Therapy Treatments.

Wound Healing

During the healing process:

  • Your body repairs broken blood vessels while simultaneously growing new tissue.

  • Collagen production begins within red blood cells where tough, white fibers form tight cross-links to other collagen, establishing the foundation of the newly created tissue.

  • Granulation tissue, which is collagen-rich tissue composed of newly grown capillaries, begins to fill the wound.

Nutritional supplementation in the period before and after surgery can have a significant impact on surgical outcome and healing speed by reducing bruising, swelling, and inflammation; promoting wound healing; enhancing immunity; and reducing oxidation generated by surgery and anesthetic agents.

Vitamin C - the role of Vitamin C in surgery recovery has been researched extensively since 1937 for its role in wound healing. Studies have shown that wound healing is decreased when low vitamin C levels are present in patients.

The main component in effective wound healing is collagen, which forms the connective tissues that build up during healing. Collagen cannot be formed without enzymes that have a co-factor of Vitamin C. Therefore, Vitamin C is essential for the body to heal. If there is a deficiency, this process is delayed, and in some cases, halted altogether. Poor wound healing also produces bad scarring.

Vitamin C is also known to be one of the few effective agents to help improve scar appearance. Human beings lack the ability to store vitamin C, so constant replenishment is important for everyday nutrition but critical during wound healing.

Vitamin A – stimulates the immune response and helps form normal outer and inner skin.

Vitamin D – is an essential nutrient in the formation, maintenance, and repair of bones.

Calcium – is an essential mineral for bone repair/soft tissue healing, proper blood clotting, muscle contraction (especially normal heartbeat rhythm).

Zinc - is involved in the early remodeling of collagen and may accelerate wound healing in patients following surgery.

Glutamine - numerous studies have shown that supplementation with glutamine shortens hospital stays; decreases infection rates, improves overall nitrogen balance in patients, and enhances net protein synthesis, especially for skeletal muscle. Administering glutamine postoperatively can help speed recovery and shorten hospital stay, according to researchers.