Orthopedic Surgery Patients Need Vitamin D

NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) — A U.S. physician says orthopedic surgery patients need their vitamin D deficiencies corrected.

Dr. Joseph Lane of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York says patients undergoing bone surgery need vitamin D for bone remodeling or bone tissue formation — a part of the healing process that occurs about two to four weeks after surgery.

However, Lane and colleagues find vitamin D — essential for bone healing and muscle function — deficient in almost 50 percent of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery.

The study, published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, advises doctors of the implications of low vitamin D in terms of muscle and fracture healing, but suggests the deficiency is eminently correctable.

“What we are saying is ‘wake up guys, smell the coffee; half of your patients have a problem, measure it, and if they are low, then fix it,’” Lane says in a statement.

Lane and colleagues looked at vitamin D levels in a retrospective chart review of 723 orthopedic surgery patients scheduled from January 2007 to March 2008.

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