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As part of our promise to care for each patient from diagnosis through therapy and treatment, we offer a number of programs to help you prepare for and recover from surgery. We'll help you become as strong as possible so you heal well and more quickly.

Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS)
Enhanced recovery after surgery in as international treatment program based on science and research which improves your recovery experience and the time needed to recover following your surgery. ERAS uses a multi-disciplinary team approach to provide care using proven treatment protocols, which includes preparation for your surgery and interventions used by health care professionals before, during and after your surgery including medications, pain control, diet and activity. 

The enhanced recovery after surgery program isn't for everyone, so talk with your surgical team about qualifications.

Strong for Surgery
Every year, 15 million Americans have some kind of surgery. If you're going to have surgery, it's important to learn about the potential risks you might face, and what you can do to prepare so you have the best possible results. You have an important role to play in your recovery.

Strong for Surgery is a quality initiative led by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) aimed at minimizing the risk of complications and a poor surgical outcome. Your surgical risk can be improved by participating in Strong for Surgery which uses best practices based on science and research to improve overall health and conditioning prior to surgery. These fall into four categories: 

  • Nutrition
  • Smoking cessation
  • Physician fitness
  • Stress control

Your surgical team will evaluate your overall health and risk factors and design a program for you to follow before your surgery. This includes free nutritional shakes, fitness recommendations and patient education information and videos.

Eat Well
It's important to eat healthy foods before your operation. Tell your surgeon if you have trouble eating or if you haven't been very hungry. Also tell your surgeon if you have lost weight without trying or cannot eat at all. Your surgeon may want you to see a dietitian, who can help you work out an eating plan. A lab test called an “albumin” level may be ordered to see if you're at extra risk for problems after your operation because of your nutrition or for other reasons.

Quit Smoking
Smoking increases the risk for many problems after your operation. It can:

  • Make it hard for you to breathe
  • Make an infection in your wound (incision) more likely
  • Increase your chance of having a heart attack

Ask your surgeon about how to quit smoking. Quitting will not only reduce these risks, it'll also improve your overall health and even add years to your life.

Physical Preparation
Research shows that participating in physical activity even a few weeks before surgery can improve recovery and possibly decrease complications from surgery. There are many ways to increase your physical activity, from fitness classes, walking or muscle strengthening exercises to hiring a personal trainer. The surgical team will help you explore ideas to improve functional capability or get you to a better place physically before an operation. Generally, the more fit and active you are before surgery, the better you can function after surgery. It's important for you to improve your strength and stamina prior to your operation. 

Your surgical team has pedometers available for you while supplies last. 

Guided Imagery
Surgery can cause you to feel anxious, overwhelmed or scared. High levels of stress and anxiousness can cause poor surgical outcomes and negatively impact healing, pain and hospital stay. Guided imagery, or guided meditation, can increase relaxation and reduce anxiety and stress. Carle Health has partnered with Health Journeys to provide guided imagery in the form of recordings you can listen to at any time. Recordings are focused on preparing for surgery, easing pain and smoking cessation.

Learn about tools and instructions to prepare for your surgery or procedure

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