Prehabilitation before surgery

Better in, better out?

The application of systematic physical exercise to improve postoperative outcomes was first mentioned in the 1940s by the British Army in an attempt to improving the poor condition of the soldiers due to war, malnutrition and poor living habits. 

More than 12,000 men went through the program in 1946, and 85% of those had improved remarkably in physical and intellectual capacities. However, it was not until the 1980s that the concept of prehabilitation regained interest. 

This point of view article discusses best practice and relevant outcomes. 


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