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Updated 31 October 2022

Here at Dorset County Hospital, we take a holistic approach to our patients who are preparing for their surgery. Having surgery is often compared to running a marathon - you need to prepare for it.

We believe that all patients coming in for major surgery such as a joint replacement, removal of gallbladder or as part of their cancer treatment should take steps to improve their body and mind prior to surgery.

There are small things you can do to reduce the risk of complications and increase your chance of a faster recovery. 

This section of our website provides information to help you prepare for surgery and achieve the best possible outcome.

We have divided the information into joint surgery (i.e., knee replacements) and general surgery (upper-gastrointestinal surgery, breast surgery, vascular surgery, colorectal surgery, etc.)