Tailoring prehabilitation to address the multifactorial nature of functional capacity for surgery

Date:  Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 13:00 ET

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The preoperative preparation for optimal surgical recovery is referred to as prehabilitation. Prehabilitation is the approach of enhancing the functional capacity of the individual to enable them to withstand a stressful event. Given the small window of opportunity to intervene before surgery, identifying and addressing the root cause for poor functional capacity is vital to success. We will review the biological and physiological variables (e.g., anaemia, malnutrition, underlying pathology or injury) associated with perioperative functional capacity and propose multimodal strategies to assess and treat these underlying conditions that limit improvement in functional capacity. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to: 

  1. List variables that impact functional capacity. 
  2. Explain the role of nutrition in enhancing functional capacity before surgery.. 
  3. Explain the role of exercise in enhancing functional capacity before surgery.

Chelsia Gillis, RD PhD CNSC (McGill University) and Daniel Santa Mina, RKin CEP PhD (University of Toronto)

Moderator: Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCPC -  University of Alberta


About the Speakers:

Dr. Chelsia Gillis is a Registered Dietitian, Vanier Scholar and Assistant Professor in the School of Human Nutrition at McGill University. She is the Nutrition Lead for the PeriOperative Program at the Montreal General Hospital. Her research interests include Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, prehabilitation, surgical metabolism, and patient engagement. Dr. Gillis was also the recipient of the CNS PhD Dissertation Award in 2021.

Dr. Daniel Santa Mina - is an Associate Professor in the Faculty Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Dr. Santa Mina is also a Clinician-Investigator at the University Health Network in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, where he is a Co-Director of Prehabilitation Program. His research interests include prehabilitation, exercise in chronic diseases, and implementation science.


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