Vitamin D can be crucial for those undergoing orthopedic surgery

Kevin Magna

October 8, 2010

A new study conducted by New York City's Hospital for Surgery has emphasized the healing qualities of vitamin D, particularly for those who are planning to undergo orthopedic surgery.

Recent findings have shown that approximately 50 percent of patients undergoing the procedure have a vitamin D deficiency, which can have a significant impact on recovery after surgery.

"If you put people on 2,000-4,000 [milligrams] of vitamin D based on what their deficient value was, you can usually get them corrected in four to six weeks, which is when you are really going to need the vitamin D. If you are really aggressive right before surgery, you can correct deficient levels quickly, but you have to correct it, measure it, and then act on it," Joseph Lane, the study leader and a professor of orthopedic surgery, told the news provider.

The four weeks following surgery is the most important period for patients to have adequate levels of vitamin D. The study found that, among those who were undergoing hip and knee replacements, almost half had deficient levels of the nutrient.

This seems to indicate that vitamin D could be crucial in the healing process after an accidental fall. Seniors who are worried about falls may also want to invest in a personal emergency response system, which can allow older adults to instantly connect to a physician if they require assistance.

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