Getting ready for surgery Pre Surgical rehabilitation
Pre-surgical rehabilitation, also known as prehabilitation or "prehab," is a type of therapy that aims to improve the physical and mental health of patients prior to undergoing surgery. The goal of prehabilitation is to enhance a patient's physical function, mental well-being, and overall health, leading to better post-operative outcomes, faster recovery, and a reduced risk of complications. The scope of prehabilitation is broad, as it can involve a variety of interventions tailored to the individual needs of each patient. These interventions can include:
Exercise: Prehabilitation often involves exercise programs to improve strength, endurance, and flexibility. These may include aerobic, resistance, and/or flexibility training, as well as balance and stability exercises.
Nutrition: A healthy and balanced diet is essential for optimal healing and recovery. Prehabilitation may include nutritional counseling and support to ensure that patients are consuming the right foods and nutrients to prepare their bodies for surgery.
Smoking cessation: Smoking can significantly increase the risk of complications during and after surgery. Prehabilitation may include smoking cessation programs to help patients quit smoking before their procedure.
Stress reduction: Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on the body's ability to heal. Prehabilitation may include stress reduction techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation exercises, and counseling.
Education: Prehabilitation may involve patient education about the surgical procedure, what to expect during the recovery period, and strategies for managing post-operative pain and discomfort.