If you need to have an operation, ask whether there's an enhanced recovery programme in place for your condition at the hospital you're going to.
To enhance your recovery from surgery, it's important that you play an active role in your own care.
Important points to consider before your operation include:
Your GP will give you advice about getting into the best possible shape before having surgery. They'll also identify and stabilise any health conditions you have that may affect the operation.
At this stage, your GP should ensure you understand all the treatment options available to you so you can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with surgery.
In hospital, your healthcare team will advise you about what you can do to help make your recovery easier.
This may include:
Where possible, techniques that will help with your recovery may also berecommended, such as using minimally invasive surgery (keyhole surgery),local or regional anaesthesia , and minimal use of drains and nasogastric tubes.
Your overall experienceshouldbeimproved as a result of high-quality care and, where possible, high-quality services, such as keyhole surgery.
After surgery, you'll also have access to rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy . This will help speed up your recovery and enable you to be discharged from hospital as soon as possible.
Depending on your operation,you may be able to go home sooner than usually expected. It's thereforeimportant to plan and prepare for your return home before goinginto hospital.
They'll advise you about whether enhanced recovery is suitable for you.
Not all hospitals offer enhanced recovery programmes, but the number that do is growing all the time.
You can read more about enhanced recovery in My role and my responsibilities in helping to improve my recovery (PDF, 1.31Mb) .
Enhanced recovery is a modern evidence-based approach that helps people to recover more quickly after having major surgery.
Some of the principles of enhanced recovery can be applied to all cases of surgery. However, for some conditions and procedures, specially designed pathways help patients benefit from the principles m
If you need to have an operation, ask whether there's an enhanced recovery programme in place for your condition at the hospital you're going to. To enhance your recovery from surgery, it's important