Ask an expert about fitness for surgery 

We know that patients in good health recover better after an operation and have fewer complications. By taking care of yourself beforehand, you can reduce the risk of complications (such as Increased risk of blood clots; lower oxygen levels during surgery; increased risk of wound infection; and increased breathing problems) and help you heal as quickly as possible.

Harms caused by smoking and obesity are potentially preventable and referral to support services prior to surgery offers an opportunity for you to improve your health and reduce the risks of surgical complications. There are other lifestyle behaviours which are good for your health like being active and reducing your alcohol intake.

Our expert is consultant anaesthetist Dr Sam Bampoe whose special interests include obstetric anaesthesia, anaesthesia for major surgery, anaesthesia for head and neck surgery and enhanced recovery.

Dr Bampoe will be here to answer any question you may have about getting fit for surgery. The conversation will cover what you should avoid ahead of surgery and what you should be proactive in doing to optimise your health before an operation. A reminder for the web chat can be set in the box below, or questions can be sent to in advance.

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