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Dr. Gary Stefanick Recommends Good Nutritional Status To Heal Faster

Your health status and nutritional status mirror each other. Nutritional status is measured by a mix of factors: serum levels, weight, and other issues. ABCD are factors considered – Anthropomorphic status (weight/body), Biochemical (blood tests), Clinical (how well the body functions work as checked by a physician) and Dietary (what you eat). Dr. Gary Stefanick can tell a lot about the nutritional status of a New York chiropractic patient during the first clinical New York chiropractic examination and set up a treatment plan to deal with any nutritional concerns that are uncovered particularly in patients who may be susceptible to a back surgery or any other surgical intervention for that matter. A good pre-surgical nutritional status will assist New York post-surgical healing and lessen New York post-back surgical complications.Good status also helps healing with non-surgical care!

One effective way to check your New York nutritional status is the serum albumin concentration. Researchers talk about how nutritional status affects postsurgical healing and outcomes. Specifically, hypoalbumin levels – low levels under 3.5 g/dL – mark a malnourished state and are predictive of post-surgical recovery complication rates, especially for patients who experience anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Low albumin concentrations in patients before surgery had higher rates of experiencing any major postoperative complication(s) like pulmonary, cardiac and reoperation as well as longer stays in the hospital. (1) In one study, 28% of patients were found to be malnourished and more likely to have a postoperative complication and a longer hospital stay (8.67 days instead of 3.8 days). 14.48% of these spine surgery patients were re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Malnourished patients’ re-admission rate (27.5%) was three times that of nourished patients (9.52%). Post-surgical readmission rates can be affected by pre-operative nutritional status, an issue that a patient can deal with before the surgery. (2) Dr. Gary Stefanick can coordinate a New York blood test to check your levels. Dr. Gary Stefanick considers statistics like this and sees how important nutrition is for our New York chiropractic patients’ health and healing as well as their spine care. Dr. Gary Stefanick is ready to help maximize your nutritional status for optimum healing preoperatively, postoperatively and back surgery-preventatively!

Lastly, in a study of spine surgery patients in an orthopedic hospital, nutritional status was obtained when they were admitted and discharged via the Nutritional Risk Score 2002. It was found that nutritional status – nutritional risk, malnutrition, overweight and obesity – and nutritional support at the hospital after surgery play influential roles in patient recovery. 88% of patients who had nutritional risk received nutritional support while admitted to the hospital. These nutritional status factors changed: nutritional risk increased from 11.6% to 19.4%; malnutrition status increased from 12.7% to 20.6%; overweight status decreased from 35.9% to 31.0%; and obesity status reduced from 7.41% to 5.79%. Bottomline: the incidence of nutritional risk and malnutrition increased significantly. That is not very good! (3) While these stats may not seem great for the hospital care, they did alert the hospital to be more cognizant and ready to help these patients who come in for surgical procedures with a known risk. Dr. Gary Stefanick looks for ways to preempt New York health issues by looking for them early on!

Dr. Gary Stefanick looks to help New York back pain patients stay away from back surgery if possible, and Dr. Gary Stefanick is also effective at assisting our back pain patients get into good nutritional and physical shape pre- and post-surgically as required. Dr. Gary Stefanick is prepared to work with New York back pain patients who desire a healthier nutritional status and keep surgery at bay when possible. It’s not always an easy path to a healthy nutritional status, but it’s a valuable one for your physical body’s health and potential healing if surgery is called for as well as when a non-surgical healing approach is used.

Count on Dr. Gary Stefanick, your back pain specialty practice, to be your New York nutritional status guide.

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