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Preparing your body and your mind before coming to hospital is the best way to set yourself up for the best outcome and a quicker recovery.

At Fiona Stanley Hospital we actively support being healthy and motivate our patients to get ready for their health care journey. By working together as partners, we can help optimise your overall health and wellbeing to help you recover sooner.

The following videos provide simple tools you can integrate into your lifestyle so you are in the best health possible before coming to hospital.

If you have any questions after viewing these videos note them down so you can ask your clinical team at your next appointment.

Take the first step

Going through surgery is like running a marathon, and you wouldn’t run a marathon without eating the right food, doing the right exercises and cutting out smoking

The good news is a little training can make a big difference to your recovery, and we are here to help you prepare physically and mentally before your surgery.

Start your exercise

Getting yourself in the best shape before surgery will improve the quality of your recovery. A good prescription is 30 minutes of exercise per day that leaves you breathless but still able to speak.

We will ask questions about your ability to exercise to help plan your care and determine the best treatment for you.


Your physiotherapist can help you start building your fitness today in preparation for your surgery and recovery.

Learn what to expect and see valuable exercises you can start now that can assist in reducing complications from your surgery and the length of your hospital stay.

Follow these LifeFit fitness exercises and start building your fitness today.

Focus on your diet

What you eat before and after surgery affects how quickly you recover. Eating poorly before surgery puts you at an increased risk of infection, poor wound healing and can lead to a longer stay in hospital.

Learn more about the right foods to eat, your weight before surgery and tips on how to improve your nutrition.

Reduce smoking and alcohol intake

Smoking is a leading cause of many chronic health conditions and may even be one of the reasons you need surgery in the first place. Stopping smoking even just a few weeks before your surgery dramatically lower the risk of complications.

Heavy drinking in the lead up to surgery can put you at particular risk for alcohol withdrawal and delirium (confusion) during your hospital stay.

Many people use the surgical journey as the motivation to quit smoking or cut down on alcohol and we are here to support you.

Doing your pre-surgery assessments

Like all major events in life, surgery involves both benefits and risks.

Completing risk assessment including questionnaires, blood tests, radiology tests and sometimes even heart and lung tests well before your surgery helps you the understand likely outcomes for your surgery. It also helps us plan our therapies to help you cope better with major surgery.

Reduce your risk of lung infection after surgery

Training your lung muscles before and after surgery can reduce your risk of getting a lung infection (pneumonia) by 50 per cent.

Learn how following a simple 6-step process known as aCOUGH can reduce this risk.

Understanding the benefits and risks of surgery

It is important you fully understand the benefits and risks of your surgery and know you can ask questions at any time about your care or concerns. This is known as the consent process.

You also need to be aware of what you can do to help the healing process, including quitting smoking, and how we can do to help you return to your normal activities and responsibilities.