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Prehabilitation

A better way to prepare for surgery and your recovery

Why might you need it?

If you have surgery planned, prehabilitation will help improve your physical condition before admission and therefore improve your post-operative recovery. ‘Prehab’ incorporates multiple exercises, tailored to your individual needs, focussing on improving your strength, function and general mobility.

Who will do it?

Our highly skilled physiotherapists will ensure you receive the best treatment and advice tailored to your individual needs. A member of our ‘physio’ team will be allocated to you for your course of prehab and if preferred, the same physiotherapist can be requested for your post-operative treatment to help reduce any anxiety you may have coming into hospital.

How will I benefit from prehabilitation?

Prehabilitation will give you the opportunity to best prepare yourself for your future surgery. It will give you the chance to improve your base line level of function and strength which research has shown can lead to better outcomes afterwards. Prehabilitation will also allow for any questions to be asked and advice to be provided so you feel more at ease and confident coming into hospital.

Prehabilitation can benefit patients by:

  • Improving strength
  • Improving body awareness
  • Improving your fitness levels
  • Improving your mobility
  • Improving confidence

How many sessions of prehabilitation will I need?

The number of sessions required will depend on the individual. Some people may want more input than others. A single session would be enough for the appropriate advice, education and practice of exercises to be achieved. You may prefer regular sessions with the physiotherapist to ensure that you are making maximal progress.  Generally between one and four sessions are required for you to feel confident to continue without our help. 

Can prehabilitation be performed at home or only at hospital?

Your tailored program will be taught to you in the hospital but to maximise benefits these exercises will need to be practised regularly. Prehabilitation can be performed anywhere – at home, work or even when waiting at a bus stop. Some of the exercises will require a support or a bed (for example to lie on) but others will be completed in sitting or standing positions, making it easier to add into ones normal daily routine. 

How much will it cost?

Your initial session of prehabilitation will cost £61.50* and any additional sessions you wish to book are charged at the standard rate of a physiotherapy follow up appointment.

*prices correct at September 2017.

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