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February 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 157

In patients preparing for cancer removal surgery or any major surgery, nutritional status and the person's stress response to surgery are two of the major factors effecting outcomes. Both poor nutritional status and the stress response to surgery result in impaired immunity which slows wound healing and increases post-op infections, delaying recovery and leading to extended hospital length of stay. Subsequently, oral supplements containing immune modulating nutrients, such as arginine, glutamine, protein and antioxidants, are recommended peri-operatively for patients undergoing cancer removal surgery and severe trauma.

When your body is trying to heal a wound, whether from a pressure ulcer or bed sore, or from radiation therapy or surgery, you need more protein than you can get from a typical day's intake-especially if you don't feel like eating. On top of that, a wound adds to the amount of inflammation your body is already experiencing. This high level of systemic inflammation-throughout the entire body-not only changes how your body uses nutrients but also acts as a barrier to healing.

For surgical cancer removal wounds and wounds that won't heal, the body needs specific nutrients that provide the extra protein and nitrogen to support your healing along with antioxidants and special anti-inflammatory nutrients to reduce inflammation. These additional nutrients are clinically proven to support wound healing and prevent and correct deficiencies associated with chronic and heavily draining wounds.

Studies show that the stress response to surgery increases the utilization of protein and the amino acids, arginine and glutamine. Both arginine and glutamine become conditionally essential nutrients because depletion occurs from the stress of surgery. During periods of stress, muscle tissue is broken down to meet the increased demand for arginine and glutamine, but a deficiency in these two nutrients still occurs and supplementation is required.

Glutamine acts as a fuel source for rapidly dividing cells such as those along the gastrointestinal track and also regulates antioxidant status and protein synthesis. Adequate arginine is required for in wound healing. Glutamine and arginine regulate gut barrier function to defend against infection and both also regulate the immune-inflammatory response.

Studies involving patients undergoing cancer removal surgeries who were given immune modulating supplements had significantly reduced risk of acquired infections, wound complications, and length of hospital stay. Clinical Nutrition experts recommend the start of immune-nutrition starting 5-7 days prior to surgery and to continue for 5-7 days after surgery.

ArgiMent AT just one pack twice a day the week before and the week after surgery. Immuno-nutrition to improve YOUR surgical outcome.

For more information on cancer removal surgery wound healing and how to treat the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, visit our website at or contact Sarah Horton at or call 570-329-3200 x8073.

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