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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 weekly sessions are suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we have put together some resources to help you make the most of the time you are waiting.  You can use this time to improve your health and wellbeing, so your surgical recovery is better.

St Georges prehabilitation mulitdisciplinary team

Meet the St Georges Get Set 4 Surgery team: We are a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working to provide you with the best advice on how to prepare for your upcoming surgery: (L-R) Nosheen Qadoos, Tanya Pendleton, Sahil Suleman, John Da Costa, Puneet Ranote, Marion Beer, Katie Bluer, Carolyn Johnston

 

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.

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:

  • 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 7 minute video on increasing your activity levels before surgery:

The free NHS Active 10 app can help set and track simple activity goals.

The free NHS One You app can help you to eat better and drink less.

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.

We will:

  • 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 waccg.movemorewandsworth@nhs.net or call 02039590031

In the press:

Get Set 4 Surgery has featured in the following

https://www.rcn.org.uk/magazines/bulletin/2019/april/surgery-school-speeds-recovery

https://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/17698397.wandsworth-cancer-services-scoop-top-awards/