Pre- and post-surgery: How exercise improves your odds under the knife
Wednesday 9th May - 13:35-14:15
Patients with low cardiorespiratory health are five times more likely than their fitter counterparts to die during, or just after, a surgical procedure. Specifically, data published in the Annals of Surgery found that post-surgical mortality can be as high as 22 per cent in patients with low levels of fitness, whereas patients who were fitter had only a 4 per cent mortality rate.
And there’s more. On average, an unfit person costs the NHS an extra £6,000 when they undergo an operation, due to longer recovery times in hospital.
This session will explore how physical activity pre- and post-surgery can optimise outcomes, examining the changes patients can make to achieve a safe and successful operation, as well as reducing complications and recovery times post-surgery.
Dr Christopher Snowden, Consultant Anaesthetist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle and Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University
Chris trained and graduated in Newcastle upon Tyne and became a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Freeman Hospital in 1997. His clinical week includes hepatobiliary (including liver and pancreatic transplantation), urology and vascular surgery. Chris also has extensive experience in developing preoperative assessment pathways and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. In March 2015 he was appointed as National Clinical Lead (Joint) for Perioperative Medicine at the RCOA.
Clinical Interests: High-risk surgery: Preoperative Assessment: Perioperative Habilitation: Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing: Perioperative Research interests include alcohol cessation, behavioural interventions and Exercise training. Chris’s overall work program aims to promote the transformation of the anaesthetist into the broader base of a perioperative specialist.