Immediate postoperative recovery – Part 2

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The immediate postoperative period is often under-utilised as an opportunity to be proactive in terms of improving patient well-being and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. This paper discusses several ways in which this can be addressed easily in practice. The first part dealt mainly with reducing patient morbidity and pain and improving wound healing. This part discusses the role of nutrition in improving patient recovery, and touches on behavoural concerns and ancillary rehabilitation methods, including local hypo- and hyperthermia and passive range of movement exercises.

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