Weekly Health Tips
Tips to Get Ready for Surgery
Research suggests that actively preparing for upcoming surgery may help speed recovery and reduce complications. Build strength; increasing your fitness may help reduce hospital stays. Stop smoking; it's a risk factor for post-surgical complications, including pneumonia, infections and cardiovascular problems. If you have diabetes, getting your blood sugar under control can also help minimize complications. Manage sleep apnea; if you use a CPAP machine, take it with you to the hospital. Eat a healthy diet and try to reduce stress with deep-breathing exercises or meditation.