I do still highly recommend vitamin C before, during and after surgery, but you may find that it’s pretty hard to persuade your son’s physicians to do what I suggest. The body uses a lot of vitamin C to make connective tissue and high levels of the vitamin speed the healing of surgical wounds. For that reason, I recommend giving patients an IV drip of vitamin C during surgery. The drip should provide 20 grams of vitamin C in every 24-hour period, from the time a patient goes into surgery until the IV is removed. If you’re persistent, you may be able to convince your son’s doctors to go along with this plan, but I’m afraid you’ll have an uphill battle.
If, as I suspect, you aren’t able to get the IV drip, the alternative is taking high doses of vitamin C by mouth. I recommend 1,000 to 2,000 mg per day for five days before surgery and continuing with that dose for a week afterward.
Rather than headphones to block sounds, I suggest making a tape of healing statements to be played while your son is under anesthesia. A study conducted at New York’s Beth Israel Hospital showed that patients who heard positive affirmations on a tape played while they were under required 50 percent less post-op medication than those who didn’t have tapes played. Look into the "Prepare for Surgery" program by psychologist Peggy Huddleston or the affirming tapes by psychotherapist Belleruth