McGill program helps patients prep for surgery and get back on their feet faster

Dr. Francesco Carli, a professor of anesthesiology at McGill, says that the majority of patients who show up for surgery aren't truly ready. That's where the Peri Operative Program comes in, as a way to help patients prepare both mentally and physically. Carli, who is the director of the program, told CBC's All in a Weekend that the goal of the program is to make the patient stronger before they're operated on, through exercise, nutrition and teaching them ways to de-stress. That, he says, helps reduce risk factors when they go into surgery, and makes their recovery faster. “About 25 to 30 per cent of our patients are very anxious, especially cancer patients. And we have about 15 per cent [of those patients] who develop depression as well,” he said. Read more here >>>

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