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Published July 3, 2013 in Nutrition for Recovery
Nutritional Support for Surgery Preparation & Recovery
Dr. Marc S. Stevens, MD,FACS,FICS<br /><br />
 By Dr. Marc S. Stevens, MD, FACS, FICS

Few people realize the significant role nutrition plays in having a successful operation and recovery. Recent studies have show that 40 percent of patients previously considered to be in good physical condition prior to surgery, are in fact, malnourished. Leading to longer recovery times, higher risks of infections, higher risk of chronic injuries, and longer periods of pain and swelling. H3 Rapid Recovery was clinically shown to accelerate healing and reduce recovery times by more than half. Many people with surgical wounds or injuries that would not heal, such as Diabetics, heal more than twice as fast using H3 Rapid Recovery than patients in good physical condition.

Open sores, wounds, and contusions are a breeding ground for bacteria and infections, and can be very dangerous for those with a compromised immune system.
The best solution is to shut down these breeding grounds as quickly as possible through accelerated healing. It’s easily understood that open sores and wounds expose the body to all sorts of bacteria and infections in the surrounding environment. However contusions, or more simply put, bruises are not as obvious. They occur under the skin and occasionally result in a visible black and blue mark or splotch. Left untreated bruises may become very dangerous because it is a stagnant pool of blood, and as with any stagnant pool bacteria and infectious antigens grow and fester. Some of the first indications of infections are swelling, redness, and red lines spreading out from the infected area. H3 Rapid Recovery is as effective with contusions as it is with open sores and wounds because the elements of healing are the same, so by accelerating healing you shut down the breeding grounds for life threatening infections.

H3 Rapid Recovery has shown amazing benefits for Diabetic patients.  Diabetes is a circulatory disease where damaged arteries capillaries and veins are no longer able to effectively carry the necessary amount of blood to the cells they support. H3 Rapid Recovery works in two ways to assist the Diabetic, first and most exciting is the long term use of H3 Rapid Recovery may assist in the repair of the damaged arteries capillaries and veins, and mitigate further damage the healthy ones. This results in better blood flow circulation overtime and better cell perfusion. Secondly, H3 Rapid Recovery may dramatically increase the healing elements in the available blood currently circulating to the cells, thereby accelerating healing and reducing the chance of infection. Clinical studies have shown that diabetic patient who have used H3 Rapid Recovery on or before the date of surgery had accelerated healing, and healed twice as fast as those patients consider to be in good physical condition and without any immune disorders. While the same diabetic patients, when not using Heal Fast, did not heal at all and had to undergo debrading to prevent gangrene.

I introduced H3 Rapid Recovery into my clinics in January of 2008. Everyone was enthusiastic about having something to aide in the healing process. Patients were encouraged to see that I was taking a proactive approach to their nutritional needs, as well as, the traditional medical approach. It has been so rewarding to interact with my patients in such a new way. Whether treating surgical patients, fractures, or open wounds I am implementing H3 Rapid Recovery . I am encouraged to know that I am doing all that I can to speed patients to a full recovery.


  1. Article: Understanding the role of nutrition and wound healing
    Nutr Clin Pract. 2010 Feb;25(1):61-8. Stechmiller JK. University of Florida College of Nursing,
    Health Professions, Nursing and Pharmacy Complex, Office 3222, PO Box 100187, Gainesville, FL 32610-0187, USA. stechjk@ufl.eduOptimal wound healing requires adequate nutrition. Nutrition deficiencies impede the normal processes that allow progression through stages of wound healing. Malnutrition has also been related to decreased wound tensile strength and increased infection rates. Malnourished patients can develop pressure ulcers, infections, and delayed wound healing that result in chronic nonhealing wounds. Chronic wounds are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality for many patients and therefore constitute a serious clinical concern. Because most patients with chronic skin ulcers suffer micronutrient status alterations and malnutrition to some degree, current nutrition therapies are aimed at correcting nutrition deficiencies responsible for delayed wound healing. This review provides current information on nutrition management for simple acute wounds and complex nonhealing wounds and offers some insights into innovative future treatments.”
  2. Article: Protein-calorie malnutrition and involuntary weight loss: the role of aggressive nutritional intervention in wound healing.
    Ostomy Wound Manage. 1999 Mar;45(3):46-51, 54-5. Culinary Service Network, Inc., Blue Bell, PA 19422, USA.“Protein-calorie malnutrition and involuntary weight loss continue to be prevalent among hospitalized and long-term care patients, particularly the elderly. Studies on nutritional intervention have established a correlation between nutritional status, body weight, and rate of wound healing. Nutritional intervention, however, must be provided early enough to prevent a catabolic-induced decline in lean muscle mass, which can further impair wound healing. Chronic, nonhealing wounds are particularly difficult to treat and contribute to significant morbidity, mortality, and hospitalizations. More aggressive nutritional management and a greater understanding of the role of nutrition and weight gain in wound healing can result in more effective patient care. This article discusses the role of protein-calorie malnutrition and involuntary weight loss in hindering the wound-healing process, and the need to establish an optimal anabolic environment for weight gain and improved wound healing.”
  3. Article: The role of nutrition in wound healing,
    MedSurg Nursing, August, 1997 by Vittoria Pontieri-Lewis Nutrition plays a vital role in wound healing, as it provides the raw materials needed for wound repair and the prevention of infection (Doughty, 1992). Wound healing depends upon the adequate intake and absorption of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, and calories. Delayed or impaired wound healing occurs if nutritional supplies are lacking due to intake (malnutrition), abnormal absorption (GI tract disease or surgery), and/or increased metabolic demands (draining wounds).”
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