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Self preparation before surgery

Quit smoking and drinking alcohol

Smoking and drinking alcohol can cause complications after your surgery.

• Quit smoking and drinking alcohol at least 2 weeks before surgery.

Eat a lot and eat right

Your body needs nutrients and energy to recover from surgery. You must continue to eat a lot before surgery.

• Your doctor may also give you a dietary supplement (ONS) to take 1-2 weeks before surgery.

Stay active

If you are used to exercising, keep doing it.

If not, start adding exercise to your daily activities.

• A simple exercise like walking for 15-30 minutes is better than not exercising at all. By staying active, you may be able to return to normal activities faster after surgery.

• Perform incentive spirometry at home as taught by a physiotherapist.

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