Strong for Surgery-Strong for Life
Updated meta-analyses announced recently show that shorter life style changes starting before surgery have a positive effect for patients. Complications after operations can be reduced by up to 50% this way. Only intensive programs aiming at cessation of smoking and alcohol 4-8 weeks, starting before surgery have an effect on risk reduction at surgery.
- Quitting of smoking and risky drinking is part of good perioperative care that should be offered to all patients in need, says professor Hanne Tönnesen from Lund University.
Strong for surgery - strong for life is a project on lifestyle run by the Swedish Society of Medicine with orthopedic specialist dr. Roger Olsson as project leader. Professor Hanne Tönnesen is a member of the project group. The full results will be presented at the annual General meeting for Physicians in December 2017.
Read more about the project (in Swedish) here; http://www.sls.se/halsa--sjukvard/levnadsvanor/rapport-2016/stark-for-kirurgi--stark-for-livet/