Thursday 3rd November 2011
Many patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery lack vitamin D, a new study has shown.
More than half of patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery had inadequate levels of vitamin D, according to a study presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society.
Moreover, a quarter of these patients were seen to be more severely lacking in the vitamin.
A vitamin D deficiency could hinder recovery after spinal fusion surgery.
"Our findings suggest it may be worthwhile to screen surgery patients for vitamin D," says lead researcher Jacob M Buchowski.
"We think those with insufficient levels of vitamin D may benefit from taking 50,000 international units of the vitamin once a week for eight weeks before surgery as this may help the recovery after spinal fusion surgery."
Meanwhile, a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that individuals taking oral steroids are twice as likely as the general population to have a significant lack of vitamin D in their system.
Written by James Puckle