Fitter Better Sooner – general information

Your role

Having surgery is a big moment in your life and it’s normal to feel anxious about it. 

Fitter patients who are able to improve their health and activity levels recover from surgery more quickly. What you do now can have a really big impact on your recovery.

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. 

This leaflet will give you general advice on what you can do to get the best outcome from your surgery. 

The healthcare team

Many healthcare professionals from different medical specialties will work together to make your surgery and recovery go smoothly. They will look after you before, during and after your surgery. This is often referred to as the perioperative team. But it all starts with you.

The perioperative team might consist of:

The perioperative team

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