Getting Surgery Patients Back on Their Feet

By Abbott, Special for  USDR

More than 48 million surgeries happen in the U.S. each year,1 and for many of those patients, food is off the table in the hours prior to their procedure. According to a new survey of 1,015 Americans, supported by Abbott, a majority (79 percent) of the respondents who had undergone surgery were instructed by a doctor not to eat or drink before their surgery.2 Yet, surgical guidelines from organizations including the American College of Surgeons and the latest research recommend that certain nutrition should be consumed before and after surgery to help patients have a faster recovery, allowing them to get back to daily  activities.

Abbott, the maker of Ensure®, has developed two new science-based nutrition drinks for patients undergoing surgery:

  • Ensure® Surgery Immunonutrition Shake is for people to drink in the week leading up to and following surgery to provide nutrients, such as arginine and omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, to help with immune health and recovery.
  • Ensure® Pre-Surgery Clear Nutrition Drink allows patients to consume a carbohydrate drink up to two hours before surgery, helping to reduce insulin resistance and improve patient outcomes.
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