Vitamin K

What is it?

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. It can change certain proteins involved in the clotting of blood to their working forms. A lack of Vitamin K in your body is not very common because it is present in many foods such as broccoli. Vitamin K does NOT contain any human blood components.

How is it given?

Before your surgery, it is injected into your arm and will make its way to your blood.

What are the benefits?

In patients who are low in Vitamin K, blood clotting may not work properly. In this case, additional Vitamin K helps bring blood clotting up to normal functioning.

What are the risks or side effects?

There is the possibility of an allergic reaction when Vitamin K is given.