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Are you healthy enough for surgery? Many physicians are assessing the health of their patients and encouraging  them to “get in shape” before they are able to undergo any surgical procedure. Some medical professionals are referring to this preparation as “pre-hab.”


Patient preparation, or “pre-habilitation” has often been overlooked in the past. Because surgery can potentially put a lot of stress on the body, patients should go in for an operation healthy and prepared. The team at Premier Surgical in Knoxville stresses the importance of overall health to their patients when discussing surgery options.

Of course, some procedures are required with little-to-no notice, but patients who have scheduled operations should do their best to prepare ahead of time. By improving their health before going into surgery, they are able to lessen the risk of complications both during and after the procedure.

Studies have shown that patients who smoke, are obese, or have an unhealthy diet and lifestyle have more wound-healing complications and issues with infection or inflammation after surgery. The healthier a patient is going into surgery, the better chance they have of a quick and easy recovery time. This also may mean reduced time in the hospital. Many patients who go through pre-habilitation need less supervised physical therapy and are able to perform regular, daily tasks earlier in the recovery process.

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Health and Nutrition Before Surgery

Not only should patients strive to be physically in shape, but they should also be conscious of basic nutrition and eating habits. The food one eats can affect the body’s inflammation and pain levels. Patients who consume a lot of unhealthy trans and saturated fats may have increased inflammation in the body, resulting in more pain after surgery.

Patients are encouraged to choose lean meats such as poultry or fish, and to opt for low-fat dairy products. Fruits and vegetables are also an important part of a healthy diet, especially dark greens and berries. They provide the body with both nutrients and antioxidants to strengthen the immune system and aid in fighting off infections. Whole grains are an excellent source of fiber which also helps to reduce inflammation.

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Are you preparing to undergo a surgical procedure in the near future?  Learn more about the specialties and services offered at Premier Surgical in Knoxville on our website.

We want you to have a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!