Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the formation of collagen, a major component of our connective tissue. Collagen is found in skin, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, intestines, spinal discs, corneas and muscles.
In any episode of trauma, including planned surgery, tissues are damaged. During repair collagen must be formed – so an abundant supply of vitamin C is needed.
Vitamin C is also important in the proper functioning of the immune system. Surgery and anaesthesia cause physical stress and this may have adverse effects on the immune system.
Vitamin C infusions
IVC infusions after emergency surgery can help with recovery. If surgery is planned, you can benefit from one or two infusions before as well as after surgery.
Our clinic’s patients have reported fast, trouble-free healing after planned surgery, with reduced time in hospital. They tell us their surgeons have been impressed with speedy recovery times, early mobility and lack of pain.
One of our patients walked out of hospital with no crutches 6 days after bilateral total knee joint replacement. Another took only 24 hours off work after a radical prostatectomy. Some needed no pain relief at all.
What the research says
Vitamin C can reduce the need for pain relief after surgery. 1
In orthopaedic surgery there is evidence that complex regional pain syndrome can be avoided with adequate vitamin C levels. 2
During and after surgery, vitamin C levels in the body are measurably decreased and replacement above the normal dietary recommendations is necessary to correct this. 3
- Effect of Intravenous High Dose Vitamin C on Postoperative Pain and Morphine Use after Laparoscopic Colectomy: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Research and Management.
- Effect of Perioperative Vitamin C Supplementation on Postoperative Pain and the Incidence of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The Clinical Journal of Pain.
- Vitamin C requirement in surgical patients. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care.