Prehabilitation before surgery with our Get Set 4 Surgery programme
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Welcome to our information pages on prehabilitation at St Georges.
Prehabilitation is all about good preparation for your body and mind prior to surgery. In the time before your surgery, you can take simple steps to improve your physical and mental health. This will reduce your risk of complications and improve your wellbeing now and in your recovery.
Our face to face sessions are suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we are running our weekly classes live online, via Microsoft Teams. Please speak to your clinical team to be invited to one of our sessions, or email us on the email addresses further down this page.
We have put together some resources to help you make the most of the time you are waiting for your surgery. You can use this time to improve your health and wellbeing, so your surgical recovery is better- think of it as preparation time rather than waiting time.
Watch our video introducing the Get Set 4 Surgery session, with advice on prehabilitation- taking simple steps before surgery to improve your recovery:
Prehabilitation: Simple steps to avoid complications
- Improve your diet: Eating a varied diet, rich in fruit and vegetables means you will have all the nutrients you need to heal after your surgery. Aim for a normal body weight.
- Cut down or stop drinking alcohol: Drinking more than 4 units per day (equivalent to 2 pints of beer or large glasses of wine) doubles your risk of complications after surgery. Cutting down on alcohol will improve the health of your liver, which is vital for healing after surgery.
- Smoking: this will dramatically reduce your risk of chest infection and other complications. The hospital ‘stop smoking’ service can help you, click here for more details.
- Increase your activity levels: this will help you to eat better, sleep better and improve your general wellbeing. In addition, this will ensure your heart and lungs are fitter for anaesthesia and surgery.
Start today, and do something you enjoy. For instance, try walking, gardening or even exercising within your own home using your furniture or stairs.
Something is better than nothing. Every change you make today has the potential to improve your recovery after surgery.
Watch our 10 minute video from the Get Set 4 Surgery team on improving your diet before surgery and tips on reducing your alcohol intake:
Watch our 7 minute video on increasing your activity levels before surgery:
The NHS Fitness studio website has 24 instructor led online videos for a range of fitness levels. High Interval Intensity Training (HIITs) is short bursts of vigorous exercise, and thought to be particularly helpful before surgery. There are examples of 10-minute cardio exercise plans in the NHS fitness Studio
The free NHS Active 10 smartphone app can help set and track simple activity goals.
The free NHS One You smartphone app can help you to with a better diet and drink less alcohol.
Patients undergoing cancer surgery can access our Move More physical activity service to support you to be more active:
Macmillan Move More
Regular physical activity during self isolation helps deal with stress, anxiety and uncertainty. In addition, it’s important to gain as much strength and fitness as possible to improve your recovery and overall health.
The Macmillan Move More service provides remote support to anyone with a cancer diagnosis who would like help staying active. We can take initial consultations over the phone or via video chat.
- talk about your current health and fitness levels and your goals
- discuss the best ways to stay active during this time
- find most appropriate way to support you
The following forms of support are available (you can opt for any options you believe will be the most beneficial to you):
- Phone calls which will provide physical activity advice, encouragement and motivation
- Regular examples of home-based exercises and tips to keep active at home. We can share these over the phone, text, email or sent via post
- More Move packs, including the home-based exercise DVD sent via post following your first consultation
- Virtual exercise classes led by a specialist instructor
- We can create aWhatsApp group for added encouragement and motivation, with a social element (only if you wish to be added to the group!)
For support please email email@example.com or call 02039590031
Get Set 4 Surgery co-ordinator phone: 07717291273
The Get Set 4 Surgery team is made up of
- Co-ordinator: Nosheen Qadoos
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Consultant Anaesthetist
- Consultant Surgeon
- Clinical Psychologist
- Macmillan Information Centre Support Officer
To refer a patient to our service please email
or firstname.lastname@example.org if emailing from outside St Georges
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