Human growth hormone, or HGH, is not approved for any type of recovery from surgery, states WebMD. The Food and Drug Administration has approved HGH for use in children and adults for several specific medical conditions, but surgical recovery is not among them.
In adults, the FDA has only approved human growth hormone for use treating HGH deficiency caused by pituitary disorders, conditions associated with HIV and AIDS, and short bowel syndrome, as of 2015, according to WebMD. Some athletes use HGH to improve performance and build muscle, but no evidence exists showing that it works. Some people claim that HGH reverses physical deterioration, but such claims are unproven. HGH products obtained from websites, anti-aging clinics and doctors who prescribe it for unapproved uses can cause side effects and lead to diabetes and cancerous tumors. The Federal Trade Commission has found no evidence that claims made by companies marketing HGH sprays and pills for everything from building muscle to strengthening the immune system have any merit, as noted by WebMD.
Prescription HGH is always injected because when taken orally it is digested before it is absorbed by the body, notes WebMD. HGH is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pituitary gland, but the synthetic form is the active ingredient in prescription drugs and products widely available on the Internet.