Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for many reasons, including immune system support and general wellness. However, there is one role that vitamin C plays that can be especially important when it comes to healing and tissue regeneration. This vitamin supports collagen formation, and when provided in higher doses through intravenous vitamin C therapy (IV-C therapy), this could be important in urogynecology and certain reconstructive treatments.
Dr. Michael Coyle is a highly regarded urogynecologist and reconstructive surgeon. He and the team at Coyle Institute are committed to exploring all new treatment options that could benefit his patients, including IV-C therapy for tissue regeneration. Take a closer look at the potential value of IV-C therapy for tissue regeneration.
What Is IV-C Therapy?
IV-C therapy is the intravenous delivery of high doses of vitamin C. Standard oral consumption of vitamin C does not push blood concentrations of the vitamin beyond a narrow range. However, intravenous delivery creates higher peak plasma concentrations of vitamin C that may be more conducive to targeting specific medical conditions.
Vitamin C is critical in tissue repair and regeneration in the human body. This one vitamin supports the synthesis of the connective tissues within the body, primarily by supporting the strength of formed collagen.
While standard vitamin C intake may support the typical rate of cellular turnover and regeneration, higher doses of vitamin C provided intravenously may be necessary to target more severe issues.
How Dr. Coyle Uses IV-C Therapy in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery
The latest research into IV-C therapy for tissue regeneration is only beginning to provide concrete evidence in favor of the treatments. However, IV-C therapy offers profound value in many areas of urogynecological medicine. Therefore, Dr. Coyle leverages IV-C therapy in his work by providing the therapy as an adjunctive option with other treatments. For example, IV-C may be recommended as a supportive treatment option to help with:
- Chronic pelvic pain (CPP)
- Interstitial cystitis (IC)
- Pelvic organ prolapses
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Hormonal imbalances
In addition, Dr. Coyle may recommend IV-C therapy as a supportive option post-reconstructive surgery or other treatments to potentially accentuate tissue regeneration on a cellular level. For example, Dr. Coyle developed Tulip® to treat a painful skin condition, lichen sclerosus (LS), that causes lesions on the skin in the genital area. IV-C may be recommended after Tulip to support the formation of healthy skin where the lesions were removed.
While the role IV-C will eventually play in urogynecology is just beginning to be understood, IV-C therapy is effective for a broad spectrum of conditions. Viral infections, fatigue, allergies, depression and even certain neurological conditions have been shown to benefit from IV-C therapy.
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A Look at the Role of IV-C Therapy in Collagen Synthesis and Tissue Regeneration
As noted earlier, vitamin C supports collagen synthesis. However, the vitamin also supports the biosynthesis of other components that make up connective tissues, including bone matrix, elastin and fibrillin.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize oxidative particles that may induce inflammation or impede healing or tissue regeneration. Additionally, vitamin C increases fibroblast proliferation in the skin, which supports healing after a wound or injury. Some studies suggest that high doses of vitamin C can even support wound healing for burn victims.
IV-C’s ability to provide tensile strength to new collagen means it has the potential to promote healing and tissue repair. Numerous urogynecological conditions could benefit from this supportive therapy, such as surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or to support skin regeneration with a lichen sclerosus treatment like Tulip.
Future Prospects of IV-C Therapy in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery
IV-C therapy involves introducing high doses of vitamins into the system only. Therefore, one particular advantage of IV-C is that it can safely be combined with other treatment modalities without inhibiting outcomes or generating substantial side effects. For instance, IV-C therapy could complement platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to encourage healing or skin rejuvenation.
For some conditions, IV-C therapy may eventually become a valuable treatment because of its good safety profile and simplistic treatment protocols. Currently, methods of tissue regeneration most commonly involve using synthetic or donor cellular scaffolds to grow new tissue. With the support of vitamin C for cellular regeneration, these processes could become more effective and more reliant on the patient’s own cellular scaffolds.
Looking Ahead With IV-C for Urogynecological Conditions
The prospect of using IV-C therapy for tissue regeneration opens up the doors to numerous potential treatments in the urogynecology field. Dr. Coyle is a forerunner among his peers. He continually strives to contribute to the growing body of evidence supporting IV-C therapy for tissue regeneration.
As we learn more about IV-C therapy and its potential in urogynecology treatments, this alternative treatment method grows substantially more valuable. Reach out to the Coyle Institute at 850-637-8258 to learn more about IV-C therapy and other innovative treatments for common female pelvic or gynecological issues.