Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life
Tama tu, tama ora
Tama noho, tama mate
The Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life programme is designed to support people in the Whanganui region, who possibly need hip or knee surgery to lose weight, so that if surgery is needed this can be done safely.
Having surgery is tough on your body, but being as fit and healthy as you can be, before surgery, helps both during the surgery and for the recovery afterwards.
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 hospital stay.
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 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.
The Fit for Surgery, Fit for Life programme is run by Sport Whanganui for 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.
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: