Before your operation


This is a great time to try get yourself fitter for your operation; being physically fit will both help you recover following the procedure and reduce the risk of complications.

Physical Activity

If you can, try to start walking more. Aim to do 30 minutes, five days a week. You can spread this out 10 minutes at a time or all in one go. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and a healthy lifestyle change you should continue after your operation.


If you haven’t already, you should try to stop smoking before your operation. Cigarette smoking causes various chest diseases and is the most important, preventable, cause of lung cancer.

If you continue to smoke up until your operation, this increases your risks of complications and your risk of developing infection.

If you smoke and need help in quitting, please speak to your GP, local pharmacy or a member of staff for advice on where you can receive support. Call
Quit Your Way Scotland on 0800 84 84 84Or visit

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