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Preparing for Surgery: The Benefits of Pre-Surgical Exercise

Preparing for Surgery: The Benefits of Pre-Surgical Exercise

March 28, 2024
By Next Level Physical Therapy

As you prepare for your upcoming surgery, you may be wondering how you can enhance the success of your procedure and expedite your recovery. One valuable strategy to consider is incorporating pre-surgical exercise into your routine.

Here are some benefits of engaging in exercise before surgery:

  1. Help strengthen your muscles and improve your overall physical conditioning: Enhanced strength and endurance contribute to better surgical outcomes and facilitate a smoother recovery process.  Not sure what you can do? Get the guidance you need by BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT with one of your Doctors of physical therapy. 
  2. Enhance circulation and healing: Regular exercise promotes circulation, which plays a crucial role in delivering oxygen and nutrients to your body's tissues. Improved circulation can enhance the healing process and reduce the risk of complications such as blood clots.
  3. Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Undergoing surgery can be a stressful experience, both mentally and physically. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels by releasing endorphins, the body's natural mood elevators. Engaging in physical activity before surgery can help alleviate pre-operative jitters and promote a sense of calmness and well-being.
  4. Faster Recovery: Studies have shown that patients who participate in pre-surgical exercise programs often experience faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays compared to those who are less physically active before surgery. By preparing your body in advance, you can help minimize post-operative complications and accelerate the healing process.
  5. Increased Confidence and Empowerment: Taking proactive steps to improve your physical fitness before surgery can instill a sense of confidence and empowerment. Knowing that you've done everything possible to prepare for your procedure can help alleviate anxiety and enhance your overall sense of well-being.

Before starting any exercise program, it's essential to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure that it's safe and appropriate for your individual needs and medical condition. Your healthcare team can provide guidance on the types of exercises that are suitable for you and any modifications that may be necessary.  Still have questions?  Call us at 661-383-9828 or click Book an appointment to learn what kind of exercise will optimize your recovery!

Incorporating pre-surgical exercise into your routine can be a valuable investment in your health and well-being, setting the stage for a successful surgery and a smoother recovery.

If you have any questions or concerns about pre-surgical exercise, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you every step of the way.

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