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Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life


Tama tu, tama ora

Tama noho, tama mate

The Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life programme supports people in the Whanganui region who need to lose weight to make possible hip or knee surgery safer for them.

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Having surgery is tough on your body, but being as fit and healthy as you can be, before surgery, helps during the surgery and the recovery.

 When someone is not ‘fit for surgery’ their risk of complications increases. These can include increased bleeding, heart and breathing difficulties, wound infections, blood clots and a longer stay in hospital and more difficult recovery.

Part of getting prepared for surgery includes : 

  • Moving and getting as much regular exercise as possible
  • Eating well
  • Being smoke free
  • Reducing alcohol

Further information can be found in the; Are You Fit for Surgery brochure, or talk to your general practitioner (GP) or nurse.

The Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life programme is run by Sport Whanganui for

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 Whanganui Hospital. The programme uses a navigator who works alongside the person to create their plan. The navigator can also link the person to other services that can help them.  The navigator then supports the person, helping them with motivation to  stay on track.

The programme is currently for people who are measured as having a body mass index (BMI) over 40.  BMI is a measure of weight for height and over 40 is the level considered to put a patient at greater risk of complications when having hip or knee surgery.

Please talk to your GP or hospital specialist if this programme may be right for you.

More information about keeping yourself fit and well can be found on the following websites: