Exercising and Prehabilitation
Better fitness levels reduce complications when having an operation. This is because your body can cope better with the stress of the operation. In turn, this improves your chances of avoiding complications; allowing you to leave hospital and return to your normal quality of life more quickly. We call this prehabilitation, or prehab, for short.
Keeping an active lifestyle is good for your general health and if you are normally an active person, it is important to keep that up before your operation. Fitness level can drop quickly if you stop exercising.
People who have low activity levels can improve their fitness within as little as four weeks by taking regular exercise. This gives you an opportunity to get fitter before your operation and improve your chances of a better and quicker recovery after surgery. Taking regular exercise also helps you feel good and lose weight.