It is a well-known fact that the condition you’re in before an event dictates your outcome for the event. If you take the time and make the effort to study for a test, your outcome on the test is likely to be better – something we parents preach to the point of having sore tongues. The same goes for medical procedures, such as elective surgery. The term in the medical world is “prehab”, and it consists of dietary advice, daily exercise tracking, and wellness coaching. Just like an athlete preparing for an event, prehab before surgery greatly improves outcomes following surgery. A recent study published in the journal “Surgery” showed that those undertaking prehab before surgery had reduced hospital stays, and a 30 percent decrease in costs. The results were so impressive, insurance companies have started considering its benefits and it could eventually become more main stream. Until then, I would encourage anyone to begin with a healthy lifestyle and seek wellness coaching, dietary advice, and exercise prescriptions. Not just if a medical procedure is in your near future, but in general. Pocatello has many resources, health clubs, medical offices, and centers that can start you on your way to a quicker and healthier recovery following the procedure. I encourage you to really consider and talk to your surgeon about possible prehab programs. The benefits are substantial!