Understanding Surgical Complications

Advanced Recovery

One of the main goals after surgery is to avoid complications.

It may be common to feel tired or have discomfort following surgery. Your doctor can alert you on what you may expect to feel or see. However, if postoperative complications arise, they can be serious. Doing what you can to reduce the risk of these types of complications can help to optimize your recovery.


How to help reduce your risk of complications such as surgical site infections:

Whether you already have a surgery date or you're still talking with your doctor about options, there are many ways to start preparing for the big day:

  • Communicate with your doctor
  • Report anything that looks or feels suspicious such as redness, pain, drainage or fever
  • Keep hands away from the surgical site
  • Wash hands before and after caring for your surgical wound
  • Keep your wound protected from the sun
  • Consume IMPACT Advanced Recovery® Drink before and after major surgery to support your immune system

Risk of Surgical Site Infections

Surgical Site Infections, which your doctor may refer to as "SSls", are infections of the skin and/or tissues around where the surgery took place. From 160,000 to 300,000 surgical site infections occur annually.

These infections are a major source of postoperative illness, and account for 1/4 of all hospital-acquired infections. They could put you at risk for increasing your time in the hospital or increase your chances of returning to the hospital.

Only IMPACT Advanced Recovery® Drink contains a unique blend of 3 key nutrients shown to help reduce the risk of infections after major surgery.

  • Arginine, an amino acid that can increase blood flow and help support immune function

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids from fish oils to help manage inflammation

  • Dietary Nucleotides to help rebuild immune cells

Surgical Evidence with IMPACT 
Advanced Recovery® Drink

There are many types of surgeries performed each year. If you're undergoing major surgery, a specially formulated immunonutrition drink like IMPACT Advanced Recovery® Drink can support your body's immune function and promote better outcomes.

IMPACT Advanced Recovery® Drink is proven to reduce the risk of infections after major surgery and has been studied in the following types of patients:

  • Cardiac Surgery

    Including: Heart Surgery, Value Replacement, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Surgery

    Including: Pancreas Surgery (Pancreatectomy, Whipple Procedure), Stomach Surgery (Gastrectomy), Esophagus Surgery (Esophagectomy), Colon Surgery (Colorectal Surgery)

  • Gynecological Oncology Surgery

    Including: Uterus Removal (Hysterectomy)

  • Head and Neck Surgery

    Including: Oral Cancer Surgery and surgeries for Laryngeal and Oropharyngeal Cancers


  • Bladder Cancer Surgery

    Including: Cystectomy and Radical Cystectomy (Bladder Removal)

  • Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Hip Surgery

    Including: Total Hip Arthroplasty (Hip Replacement)

  • Non-Small cell Lung Cancer Surgery