Preparing for my Treatment and Recovery

If you are currently waiting for surgery or treatment, preparing effectively can make a significant difference to your experience of treatment and your recovery. It can help you to maintain your mental and physical wellbeing during your treatment and aid your recovery afterwards. 

These pages share a range of information and advice about what you can do to best prepare yourself for your treatment and what you can do during your treatment to maximise the results, as well as providing you with information to help you recover. This information is about surgery generally and has specific information for people with cancer and people preparing for orthopaedic surgery.

Throughout your surgical journey your body has to work harder to help it heal and repair. During the time before your admission there are many ways to improve your physical and mental wellbeing which can help reduce the stress on your body, reduce your risk of complications and recover more quickly. Below is a range of resources that you make find useful in preparing for surgery and treatment:

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way patients undergo elective surgery. If you are coming into hospital for surgery, your medical team will ask you to follow specific guidance prior to your admission.

Click here for further information on the Protected Elective Surgical Unit (PESU).

If you are having surgery please watch this video on how you can prepare for surgery

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