Preparing for surgery with PREPWELL
Major operations put your body under stress. This can affect how well you recover after your surgery and it can also lengthen your stay in hospital.
The aim of the PREPWELL project is to identify ways that we can help you prepare for surgery to help you make a better recovery.
This pilot programme, funded by The Health Foundation, is a one-stop preoperative health and wellbeing programme for patients undergoing major surgery.
There are a number of factors that can have a negative effect on the way your body will cope with the stress of an operation including:
- Physical inactivity
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
- Increased alcohol consumption
Our programme is designed to help you to identify your individual risks and to support you to make lifestyle changes. If we can reduce these risks you may make a better and faster recovery from your operation.
Referral to the programme
If your surgeon, anaesthetist or GP feels that there are things that can be done to improve how well you can recover from your operation they can refer you to the PREPWELL programme.
If the programme is suitable for you, you will be invited to attend an initial assessment. During this appointment we will discuss and look at each of the risk factors. We will try and identify what changes your need to make to improve your recovery from surgery. Many of these will also have long-term benefits on your health.
We will then work together to develop your plan. This will usually comprise an individual exercise programme alongside other interventions to support any lifestyle changes that you may need, such as stopping smoking.