Recovering from surgery can be challenging. You may experience discomfort from the surgical site, fatigue, distress, or other complications. Currently, rehabilitation programs are recommended to patients after surgery to help them get back to their day-to-day life. Recently, there has been a strong interest in exploring the role of prehabilitation in surgical care for patients with cancer.
Prehabilitation (prehab) is defined as strengthening your overall health through physical, nutritional, or psychological care before undergoing any major surgical treatment. Prehab helps you to build enough strength and energy for surgery and an easier recovery after treatment.
A prehab program may be catered towards each individual and may consist of an exercise program with a physical therapist or kinesiologist, nutritional consultations, or managements for stress or anxiety.