Another Case for Vitamin D: Vitamin D Levels in Spinal Surgery Patients “Alarming”

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At the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society held in Chicago, it was revealed that “an alarmingly high rate of vitamin D abnormality” was uncovered in 313 men and women undergoing spinal surgery.

Earlier research in patients undergoing orthopedic surgery had found insufficient vitamin D levels among 43 percent. In the current study, which is the first to evaluate spine surgery patients, associate professor of orthopedic surgery Jacob M. Buchowski and his associates at Washington University School of Medicine discovered inadequate levels in 57 percent of the participants and deficient levels in 27 percent.

Dr Buchowski became aware of the possibility of vitamin D deficiency in spine surgery patients upon observing the slow recovery of a patient in her forties. “I was examining her and trying to figure out why the vertebrae didn’t fuse,” stated Dr Buchowski. “She mentioned that she had recently been diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency, and it was like a light bulb went off.”

“We rarely think about deficiency in younger patients,” he observed. “More of the older patients in this study had a history of taking supplements, and as a result, they had less risk for vitamin D deficiency than younger patients.”

“Our findings suggest it may be worthwhile to screen surgery patients for vitamin D,” Dr Buchowski continued. “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.”

“Vitamin D is inexpensive and easily stored in the body,” he added. “My hunch is that having adequate levels may help the spine fuse following surgery.”

Source: North American Spine Society

Don’t forget that during this flu season, increased levels of vitamin D will also enhance your immune system to help ward off the flu bug.

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