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 Posted 9/6/2012 1:50:56 PM
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My 84-year-old father will be undergoing major back surgery soon.  What nutrients post-surgery would be helpful in speeding his healing and recovery?
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 Posted 9/6/2012 2:55:46 PM
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Protein, vitamin C, melatonin and zinc are helpful.  The amino acid arginine can help as long as one has no challenges with herpes, such as shingles.

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MSM, 5-Loxin, Collagen Type II, SAMe help keep joints supple....I assume he's already taking glucosamine-condroitin and calcium.  He'll have to try different dosage levels and brands to see what works best, maybe in consultation with an orthomolecular physician.
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84...  And major back surgery?  

I hope he's gotten a second (and third) opinion on the wisdom of this procedure before he signs his consent.  

Even in much younger patients, back surgery is only helpful 50% of the time and the other 50% often say they feel worse.  

I suppose if he's been in intractable pain for many months a Hail Mary attempt at easing his suffering might be contemplated, but the risk/reward possibilities are ominous.  

Plenty of good nutritious food will help with his recovery.  If he's not eating well this may cause problems.  Also...  Many elderly people get quite low on vitamin-D so perhaps a moderate amount of  sun bathing before his surgery would help.  This may help his bones to heal.  Sunlight provides a better form of vitamin-D (D Sulfate) than supplements, and a moderate amount of sun will boost his D levels quickly better than supplements can.  

Best of Luck to you both.  
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If you have the means to do so bring healthy food to him in the hospital post op.  When my mom was in the hospital here is what they fed her (or were going to if I wasn't there)... White bread, jello, some sort of odd, meat thing, over-cooked vegetables, and ice cream.
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Thanks for all the helpful replies.  The decision to do surgery has come after much deliberation and exploration of many alternatives including second and third Dr. opinions.  Due to continued deterioration of his back, we've decided the risk of doing nothing is worse than the risk of surgery
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Whey protein in addition to a good balanced diet, L-glutamine is a help for those confined to rest also.

A good multi-vitamin to cover all basis.

Vitamin D with vitamin k(mk-7) is helpful. And sun is the preferable form (vitamin D sulfate).


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Back surgery is certainly a last resort; I've heard numerous horror stories.  I know that if this were my father, I would ask him to take the supplements I listed above, at least for two months, to see if that resolved the problem, and I would also buy him a teeter hangup.
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Homemade bone broth soup. Highly therapeutic and healing. Loaded with quickly assimilated/bioavialble nutrients (especially for healing one's own bones) that are easy to consume when one is ill, or recovering, and can't tolerate solid foods. A warm cup of broth he can slowly sip. Dual purpose helps to replenish lost fluids. DO NOT buy broth from the store as it has no comparison to the nutritional and therapeutic quality of fresh, homemade. Same goes for the juice.

LINK> Traditional bone broth in modern health and disease.

Perfect meal:

> 1 cup of warm, homemade bone broth soup, sipped slowly.

Wait 30 min

> 1 cup of freshly juiced raw, green vegetables, blended with whole, raw fruit. Sipped slowly.


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Back surgery is certainly a last resort; I've heard numerous horror stories.  I know that if this were my father, I would ask him to take the supplements I listed above, at least for two months, to see if that resolved the problem, and I would also buy him a teeter hangup.


Appreciate your thoughts.  Been taking calcium, vit. D, vit. K, boron, strontium, msm, gluco & chondro for over 3 years now with the result being continued degradation.  Inversion therapy and epiderals as well.  This has been diagnosed as two pinched nerves as a result of a moderately severe spine misalignement.
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