What is it about?

This paper conducts a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the effectiveness of supervised exercise prehabilitation programs in enhancing outcomes for major abdominal surgeries. The study aims to understand whether structured exercise routines before surgery can positively impact the results of these procedures.

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Why is it important?

The importance of this research lies in providing evidence of the efficacy of prehabilitation programs in the context of major abdominal surgeries. If successful, these programs could potentially contribute to better postoperative recovery, reduced complications, and enhanced overall patient well-being. The findings may have implications for healthcare practices, influencing the incorporation of exercise prehabilitation into standard care protocols for individuals undergoing major abdominal surgery.


Potential perspectives include further integration of exercise prehabilitation into surgical preparations, leading to improved patient outcomes and potentially lowering healthcare costs associated with postoperative complications. This research could also stimulate additional studies exploring the optimal design and implementation of prehabilitation programs tailored to specific surgical procedures.

Dr Fabio Zambolin
Manchester Metropolitan University

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This page is a summary of: Efficacy of supervised exercise prehabilitation programs to improve major abdominal surgery outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, June 2023, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2023.111053.
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