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Prehab To Reduce Your Rehab

Everyone is familiar with rehabilitation after surgery, but what about the term prehabilitation?

Prehab is defined as what a patient might do to prepare for his or her surgery weeks before it takes place. A recent study shows that there are benefits to this practice including faster recovery and the ability to function better after surgery.

The benefits of prehab were revealed during a study done by McGill University in Montreal earlier this year. The survey involved the monitoring of 77 patients that received colorectal cancer surgery. To prehab, or prepare for their surgery, half of the patients were given a plan for 50 minutes of exercise three days a week by a kinesiologist. The group also received counseling and protein supplements from a dietician, as well as anxiety-reducing exercises from a psychologist to follow pre-surgery. The majority of the patients began their prehab program 25 days before their surgeries.

Both groups were tested at the start of the program and measured for how far they could walk in six minutes. All patients walked about the same distance, but when the test was repeated before surgery, the survey uncovered that patients in the prehab group walked significantly further than those in the rehab only group.

Two months after their surgeries, the rehab-only patients walked an average of 60 feet less than when they first started the study, while prehab patients walked an average of 60 feet further.

The stress of surgery, anesthesiology, medications and other factors are hard on the body,” said Dr. Kevin Silver. “There’s definitely a focus on rehab, but the idea of prehab is smart. Anyone who prepares beforehand by exercising or practicing some of the techniques revealed in this study should fare better than someone who doesn’t do anything at all.”

For more information on this study’s findings, click here to read NPR’s coverage.



Cosmetic Surgery – Special Options For Each Patient

Whether it’s spider veins, scars, sun damage, or another more-detailed or in-depth cosmetic surgery procedure, spring is a popular time to have it done, giving you ample time to recover before summer arrives.

From skin rejuvenation to body enhancement techniques and everything in between, there are many options that will have you well on your way to healing areas of concern. There is a wide range of procedures that offer a short recovery time and will have you out and about to enjoy the warm weather in no time.

Today, surgical options are as unique as each patient. Some of the more popular procedures include breast augmentation, liposuction, an abdominoplasty (known as a tummy tuck), and spider vein treatment. The first steps to determining which option is right for you include having a discussion with your family, followed by a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

Choosing the right plastic surgeon can seem overwhelming. There are many talented surgeons in Richmond that will be happy to meet with you to have in-depth conversations about your individual goals and the best path for achieving them. In addition to helping you meet those goals, you can feel assured that each surgeon’s expertise, experience and patient care initiatives will help you get to where you want to be with terrific results.

If you are considering rejuvenating your appearance, we work with a number of talented, board-certified physicians. Click here to access list.

Why wait to make an appointment for a consultation? Advances in surgical procedures have made it faster, easier and safer than ever to make the changes you’ve been thinking about.