01 Dec Intravenous Vitamin C to reduce recovery time
Having surgery usually comes with the obligatory fortnight in isolation, hiding the bruising and swelling until you’re ready to show off your new look. But Dr Zacharia claims that taking vitamins before surgery, and intravenous (IV) vitamin C immediately afterwards, can significantly cut recovery time. Here at the clinic, we are offering IV vitamin therapy to help reduce recovery time by a third.
Even before surgery we recommend that patients should take zinc and a multivitamin and will often give our patients resveratrol and bromelain in the week leading up to surgery. Resveratrol, derived from Japanese knotweed, and bromelain, a mix of enzymes found in the juice and stems of pineapple, are touted as natural anti-inflammatories.
The key is the drip given to the patient immediately after surgery, which contains vitamin C, zinc, B-complex and glutathione. The vitamins have more of a beneficial effect after surgery, after the inflammatory process has started, so we don’t give the [the IV injection] before surgery. When a patent goes into recovery, we put up the drip. We have seen the recovery time reduced by at least a third and even more in some patients. Vitamin C is important in the wound repair process, facilitating the building of collagen in the wound, which forms the framework for the building of new tissue. Vitamin C also acts as a powerful antioxidant and immune system modulator. These combined effects make vitamin C essential for the wound repair process. Vitamin C supplementation should be considered even for those who are not deficient to facilitate wound repair after surgery or trauma.
Low vitamin C is not so rare any more due to those low-to-zero carb dieters who might otherwise appear to have adequate vitamin C intake. Vitamin C deficiency is a big deal — aside from some well-known roles (e.g. immune system, growth), it’s one of a variety of micronutrients that can be helpful when recovering from injury.
The role of vitamin C in wound healing and surgery recovery has been reviewed in the medical literature since 1937, when two Harvard Medical School surgeons published an article in a medical journal about vitamin C deficiency and wound healing.
Vitamin C is essential to the formation of new connective tissue in a healing wound. The important component in healing is collagen, which is comprised of the amino acids lysine, proline, and glycine. Collagen forms the structure of the connective tissue that becomes the framework around which the new tissue is rebuilt. The enzymes critical to forming collagen cannot function without their co-factor, which is vitamin C.
The betterment of a patient’s experience and improving their pre and post-surgical results are a constant focus of Dr Zacharias. The team at his clinic endeavour to develop personalised treatment plans for all of our patients to assist in a reduced down time after any procedure.
To enquire about having surgery with Dr Zacharia, please call us for a confidential enquiry at (02) 9192 1600 or email [email protected]
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