Pre and Post OP Advice

Pre-surgery advice can vary depending on the type of surgery, your medical history, and specific healthcare provider recommendations. However, general pre-surgery advice often includes:

Medical Preparations

  1. Preoperative Tests: Complete all required lab tests, X-rays, or other imaging studies.
  2. Medical History: Provide a complete list of medical conditions, medications, supplements, and allergies to your healthcare provider.
  3. Consultations: Attend any preoperative consultations with specialists like anesthesiologists or surgeons to discuss the procedure, risks, and anaesthesia options.


  1. Adjustment: Some medications, especially blood thinners or certain supplements, may need to be stopped or adjusted before surgery. Consult your healthcare provider for specific advice.
  2. Fasting: Typically, you’ll be advised to fast (no food or drink) for a specific number of hours before the surgery.

Lifestyle Changes

  1. Smoking and Alcohol: It’s generally advised to quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption, as they can interfere with anaesthesia and healing.
  2. Exercise: Physical fitness can affect surgical outcomes; however, consult your healthcare provider for tailored advice.

Personal Preparations

  1. Transportation: Arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery, especially if you’ll be under anaesthesia.
  2. Home Preparations: Make sure your home is ready for your recovery period, which may include setting up a comfortable resting area and having necessary supplies on hand.

Day of Surgery

  1. Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and avoid jewellery, makeup, and nail polish.
  2. Documents: Bring all necessary identification, insurance information, and medical documents.
  3. Personal Items: Bring only essential items to the hospital, as you may have limited storage space.

Always follow your healthcare provider’s specific pre-surgery instructions for the best outcomes. Failure to comply with pre-surgery guidelines can lead to complications or postponement of the surgery.

Postoperative care varies depending on the type of surgery and individual health conditions. However, general advice often includes:

Immediate Recovery

  1. Follow Hospital Protocols: Listen to and follow the instructions given by healthcare providers during your hospital stay.
  2. Pain Management: Use prescribed painkillers as directed by your healthcare provider.
  3. Wound Care: Keep surgical sites clean and dry. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions on how to care for your wound.
  4. Mobility: Depending on the surgery, you may be encouraged to move around as soon as possible to prevent complications like blood clots.

Early Home Care

  1. Rest and Sleep: Proper rest is crucial for healing. Ensure you get quality sleep and avoid overexerting yourself.
  2. Diet: Follow any dietary restrictions or recommendations from your healthcare provider. Proper nutrition aids healing.
  3. Medication: Take all prescribed medications on schedule
  4. Physiotherapy: If advised, begin rehabilitative exercises or physical therapy to regain function and strength.

Ongoing Recovery

  1. Follow-up Appointments: Attend all postoperative check-ups to monitor your healing progress.
  2. Activity Level: Gradually resume activities as advised by your healthcare provider. Avoid lifting heavy objects or engaging in strenuous activities unless cleared to do so.
  3. Watch for Complications: Be vigilant for signs of infection (e.g., redness, swelling, increased pain, or discharge at the surgical site) or other complications.
  4. Long-term Medication: If you have been put on long-term medication post-surgery, make sure to continue it as advised.


  1. Smoking and Alcohol: Continue to avoid or limit these, as they can interfere with healing and may contribute to complications.
  2. Emotional Health: Recovery can be emotionally challenging. Seek support from friends, family, or mental health professionals as needed.

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Melanie Clarke
Melanie Clarke
We’ll be forever grateful to Chews, the guys are the absolute BEST IN CLASS when it comes to a fully tailored recovery plan. Our son is a young elite competitive acrobatic gymnast who sadly had a high impact fall at gymnastics dislocating and fracturing his elbow and needed surgery, for a gymnast that trains many hours over 4 days week it was devastating blow, especially with GB competitions coming up. Once out of cast (wk 4 post opp) we started 2 x weekly physio sessions with Richard Saxton (who specialises in child’s physio), he was thorough, diligent and his amazing assessments fully supported the coaches at our sons gym to help build a safe recovery plan. The sessions with Richard and Sanford were fun, engaging and they took great care to help improve full mobility and strength. At week 7 post op our son was doing skills we thought would have taken 4mths to achieve, by week 10 he was back to full impact training, even our hospital follow up with the senior elbow consultant was blown away by the physio support we’d had and the rapid recovery. If it wasn’t for Chews we 100% would not be back training this quickly and not have had the reassurances it was safe to do so…..we’ve definitely found a physio for life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Team Chews. From Mel & JJ x x
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Dave Stuart
I have had a chronic back condition to varying degrees for many years which more recently has forced me to have weeks off work at a time. I was recommended Chews Health by a colleague having tried other physios in the past. However, I always felt that something was missing from the plan. My back muscles would on occasion go into spasm, or my disk to impinge on my nerve, affecting my mobility and effectively setting me back to square one. I came to Chews health a bit wary and was considering surgery due to how much my back was affecting my quality of life and mental health. It has not been a straight forward recovery, but i have made significant progress through having a thorough history taken, my ongoing concerns listened to, and being provided with a clear explanation of not only the exercise plan but additionally explaining why my body was responding in varying ways. This has educated about my condition and provided me with the tools to self manage my condition more effectively should it deteriorate again.. It has not been plain sailing, but I have absolute faith in Jack and his team.
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The S
The S
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Sam Butler
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feralie Bennett
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Philip Conroy
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