How Prehabilitation Can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs

Better preparing cancer patients for surgery and the rigors of treatment regimens can improve patient outcomes and generate cost savings through shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions, researchers say.

1 comments on "How Prehabilitation Can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs"
Lea Ann Webb (8/19/2013 at 11:11 PM)

From a patient perspective I will say that even introducing the respiratory therapy prior to surgery required of all patients after general anesthesia prior to would be great. In pain and medicated is not an opportune time to learn anything new. Practicing the therapy in advance and deciding how to keep up with the required # of times performed per day would be a great help. When my son had acl reconstruction he was an athlete and therefore needed to shorten his recovery time as much as possible so he was prescribed prehab. He cycled and performed other exercises at the rehab facility and his surgery was not scheduled until his thigh circumference was equal to his non injured leg. My husband has done well since his robot assisted prostatectomy, but he never took the after surgery exercises very seriously. A female patient would have better understood the exercises, because most women know about kagel exercises. Again, after surgery was not the opportune time to learn A new exercise. His surgeon did require him to prehab by walking every day and losing 2 inches of waist circumference. We had carefully chosen the surgeon and it is the only time my husband has ever followed the exercise and diet recommendations of any MD. So yes, any small improvements in this area would be helpful!


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