Preoperative rehabilitation is gaining importance in medicine. It helps to prepare patients for upcoming treatments and surgeries, thereby reducing risks and complications during surgery and making faster rehabilitation possible.
Prof. Bloch, what does preoperative rehabilitation mean?
Prof. Wilhelm Bloch: Preoperative rehabilitation ultimately refers to preoperative training to prepare patients for scheduled treatments and interventions.
When is preoperative rehabilitation used and who is involved?
Bloch: Preoperative rehabilitation makes sense for patients who are already restricted due to their underlying primary disease and are generally in a poor state of health or fitness. It is predominantly used prior to surgeries and aims at improving the patient’s initial state. In the orthopedic sector, for instance, the goal might be to work on joint mobility, so the patient is able to become active again much quicker after the surgery. In contrast, the goal of internal medicine predominantly lies in improving the patient’s general state of health with the help of preoperative rehabilitation, so he or she is able to go into the surgery in a relatively fit and healthy state. ...
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