Preparing for surgery – Fitter Better Sooner

Having an operation is a major event in someone’s life and it’s normal for them to feel anxious about it.

Fitter patients who are able to improve their health and activity levels recover from surgery more quickly and with fewer complications. What you do in the time leading up to surgery can have a really big impact on your recovery and long term health.

Our Fitter Better Sooner resources will provide you with the information you need to become fitter and better prepared for your operation. 

Use the links below to read the leaflets and view the animation.

If you are feeling anxious about having an operation or have needle phobia, you can find information here

Taking an active role in planning and preparing for your operation will help you feel in control, leave hospital sooner and get back to normal more quickly.

Download the Fitter Better Sooner animation via Vimeo

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Fitter Better Sooner was Highly Commended and shortlisted in the Self-care category at the BMA Patient Information Awards 2019.

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