Research shows that fitness trackers can help speed recovery times after major cancer surgery
- Cancer patients who wore exercise equipment had shorter hospital stays
- Those who used the tracker for six weeks prior to surgery stayed a third fewer days
- Doctors say the latest results underscore the importance of exercise before surgery
New research has shown that fitness trackers could help speed recovery times after major cancer surgery.
Cancer sufferers who wore an exercise tracking device for six weeks prior to surgery stayed a third fewer days in hospital than those who did not use the device.
Doctors involved in the study say the results highlight the importance of exercise before surgery and suggest that fitness trackers could be implemented across the NHS.
New research has shown that fitness trackers could help speed recovery times after major cancer surgery. Pictured: Stock Image
Omer Aziz, consultant surgeon at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester and lead author of the study, said, “This novel approach could mean more patients are fitter for surgery, resulting in a shorter recovery time and therefore fewer days in the hospital.”
The University of Manchester study began in 2019 and recruited 22 patients who were scheduled to undergo major abdominal surgery for appendix cancer at Christie.
Half of the patients were given a popular Fitbit device and exercise program, while the other half were instructed to continue their normal activity level.