The healthier you are going into surgery, the stronger you will be coming out.
One in five people experience complications from surgery that affect their health and recovery.
You can reduce the risk of this happening to you by getting as healthy as you can before your operation - we call this PreHab.
Below you will find important information about PreHab as well as tips and resources to help you.
Talk with your GP about what you can do to improve your recovery from surgery today.
Smoking increases your risk of problems after surgery. Quitting even one month before reduces your risk.
Ensuring your pain is well controlled prior to surgery will assist in improving your recovery.
Getting support to assist you in managing your diabetes before surgery can help prevent complications such as infections and delayed wound healing.
Reducing your use of alcohol, opioids and recreational drugs at least four weeks before surgery is advised for your safety.
3 in 10 people having elective surgery have low iron or anaemia and have high risk of needing blood transfusion.
Facing surgery can be a worrying time and can raise questions, doubts and uncertainties. The lead up to surgery is a good time to address your concerns.
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of surgical complications. Many of these are reduced with weight loss.
Older people can become frail while waiting for surgery. This can lead to falls, injuries, disability, loss of independence and delay your recovery.
It is important to be prepared and have any equipment and supports organised prior to returning home.