Are you scheduled for surgery? Use the time well to nourish your body, quit your bad habits and start an exercise program designed with you in mind.
- Reduce your risk of complications
- Improve your recovery experience
- Reduce your hospital stay
Utilising the time well before elective surgery can have dramatic effect on the outcomes after surgery. Hospitalisation and surgery are gruelling on the body. The body needs to draw on its store of protein, energy and essential micronutrients to reduce inflammation, fight infection and repair tissue. This is the time to nourish your body, quit smoking, start a personalised exercise regime and unwind so that when you are admitted to hospital you are giving yourself the best chance at a successful, complication free recovery.
The weeks before elective surgery are gold. Use them to improve your outcomes!
Did you know:
- ⅓ of patients admitted to hospital have a degree of malnutrition upon arrival to hospital. Patients who may not be malnourished at time of admission are ⅓ likely to become malnourished while in hospital.
- The notion that surgical outcomes can be affected by the health of the patient was documented in 1936. Malnourished patients having surgery had a 33% higher mortality rate than the nourished patient whose mortality rate was 3.5%
- Out of 500 patients it was estimated that 40% were undernourished on admission, and was estimated that they would lose 5.4% of body weight during their admission to hospital. (1)
Malnutrition is described as two or more of the following:
- Insufficient energy intake
- Weight loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of subcutaneous fat
- Localised or general fluid retention
- Immobility (2)
These risk conditions for malnutrition are associated with many adverse outcomes following surgery or hospitalisation
Increased risk of:
- Susceptibility to infections
- Poor wound healing
- Pressure sores
- Chest infections (2)