The purpose of surgery is to correct a problem within the body that is causing pain, inflammation, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. In most cases, the surgery achieves its goal and the person returns to a state of good health. As far as the body is concerned, the process is unnatural and traumatic. It cuts into skin, divides cells, and can cause profuse bleeding. Depending on the type of surgery performed, healing can take several days, weeks, or months.

It’s important for everyone to follow their doctor’s post-surgical orders. This typically includes plenty of rest, avoiding heavy lifting, and other restrictions the doctor imposes such as not driving during the recovery time. Unfortunately, some people experience slow healing despite following their doctor’s advice to the letter. Intravenous (IV) Therapy can help to speed up healing in these cases. It’s also appropriate for people who desire to take a proactive approach to post-surgical healing by starting IV Therapy for surgery recovery as soon as they’re physically able to.

IV Therapy Shortens Post-Surgical Recovery

IV Therapy can help patients heal from a number of health conditions as well as facilitate the body’s healing after surgery. A drip bag used in IV Therapy contains several vitamins and minerals that have proven most effective at treating a specific condition. The benefit of receiving nutrients intravenously is that they bypass the internal organs and go directly into the bloodstream. This means the patient benefits from the infusion almost immediately rather than having to wait several hours as is typical with oral medications.

Vitamin C

Receiving large doses of Vitamin C both before and after surgery can significantly reduce the length of the healing process. That is because the body needs Vitamin C to create and maintain collagen that holds the connective tissues together. When these tissues incur the trauma of surgery, intravenous Vitamin C helps to re-build them. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger. It is especially important that people who smoke, have a compromised immune system, or who have an increased risk of post-surgical infection for any reason have adequate levels of Vitamin C in their system both before and after surgery.

Vitamin B12

Patients who undergo bariatric surgery for obesity are required to receive Vitamin B12 because the surgical process causes a malabsorption of this nutrient. This is because food now bypasses the digestive tract. While an excellent way to lose weight, the patient also misses out on the vitamins normally received from food. Vitamin B12 provides immune support and tissue repair in addition to regulating cellular metabolism after all types of surgery.

Amino Acids

L-Arginine and L-Glutamine are two essential amino acids that support immune function and wound repair. Although the body normally produces both of these amino acids, it is unable to keep up with demand during times of stress or trauma. L-Glutamine is also used as part of chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer because most people who have the disease are deficient in it.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Normally present in every cell of the body, alpha lipoic acid serves a number of useful purposes. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels, slow mental decline, regulate body weight, reduce blood pressure, and combat oxidative stress. This nutrient can significantly reduce post-surgical pain so the patient makes a full recovery faster.

Additional Vitamins and Nutrients:

Vitamin K

This vitamin allows for normal blood clotting after surgery or another type of trauma. It is also essential for strong and healthy bones.

Vitamin A

This vitamin supports a strong immune system, helps the body produce collagen, and contributes to bone strength.


As a trace element, zinc helps to promote tissue repair, wound healing, and regeneration.


This mineral is normally involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Receiving IV supplements after surgery helps to restore those reactions as soon as possible.

Vitamin D and Calcium

Both of these promote bone health and can help people recover faster from surgery for broken bones.

Improved nutrition is also instrumental in surgical success and healing. When combined with IV Therapy, a healthy diet is the best defense against being sidelined longer than necessary after a surgical procedure.

Recovering from surgery can be a long and unpleasant process. Speed up your recovery with IV Therapy! Contact an IV Therapy Specialist near you.