Why should you get IV nutritional therapy if you are having surgery?
Insufficient nutrition impairs wound healing and leaves surgical patients more susceptible to post-operative complications. By providing optimal IV nutritional supplementation before and after surgery we can positively influence your surgical outcome. The risk of complications also increases from other medical conditions, which increases the importance of optimal perioperative nutrition. Patients who are poorly nourished, overweight, and/or have diabetes or other health problems are particularly prone to surgery-related complications; including wound infection and poor healing.
Perioperative IV supplementation can have a significant and measurable effect on your surgical outcome by favorably affecting 4 primary mechanisms:
- reduction of oxidation generated by surgery and anesthetic agents
- enhancement of immunity
- reduction of bruising
- swelling and inflammation and promotion of wound healing
Beneficial antioxidants can deactivate unstable free radicals resulting from trauma or surgery, thereby playing an important role in the prevention of further damage. Vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as carotenoids, vitamin A and C, selenium, bioflavonoids and glutathione act as antioxidants. Specific amino acids are needed for tissue building and others actually increase healing. Specific nutrients stimulate anabolic (“building”) hormones and reduce catabolic (“breaking down”) hormones. Zinc, selenium, vitamin B6 & D and other nutrients mobilize and improve immune function while decreasing inflammation.