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Getting In Shape For Surgery

Getting In Shape For Surgery

By Susan Williams

If you’re preparing for surgery chances are you may be concerned about how the surgery will go and how long your recovery will be. Will there be complications? How long will it take before you can get back to your regular routines?

What if there was a way to speed up this process? What if there was something that you could do that could help minimize your pain and suffering after surgery?

Well, it turns out there just may be.

The Ottawa Citizen recently reported on a pilot study completed by The Ottawa Hospital with cancer patients. The study enrolled 100 patients in a home based exercise program prior to surgery. The patients were assigned a combination of cardiovascular, muscle strength, and stretching exercises along with being provided nutrition advice prior to their surgeries. They were monitored and met with staff weekly to discuss the program and their progress.

They are still analyzing the outcomes of the study but the initial results look extremely positive.

As well, another study of elderly patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery also found similar results. The study shared;

“There is high quality evidence that preoperative exercise is effective in reducing the length of stay and the number of complications after cardiac surgery, particularly in the vulnerable patient.”

And yet another study from Duke University found that when older patients who were scheduled for abdominal surgery exercised, ate healthy, minimized their stress and anxiety plus some other things that they reported they;

  • Spent less time in the hospital (four days versus six days for a control group)
  • Were less likely to return to the hospital in the next 30 days (7.8 percent vs. 18.3 percent)
  • More likely to return home without the need for home health care (62.3 percent vs. 51.1 percent)
  • They also had slightly fewer complications.

Being in good physical shape is always a good thing and it looks like it’s also extremely valuable prior to surgery. Of course, it is always wise to consult your physician or healthcare professional prior to starting any exercise regime.

Here is Marie Lapointe sharing her personal results as being part of the Ottawa Hospital program.

Getting in shape for surgery. It looks like spending some time up front may save a great deal of time (and possibly pain) later.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.