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Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Program

To help you prepare for procedures, tests, hospitalization, or rehabilitation at NYU Langone, we offer the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster program based on the techniques developed by Peggy Huddleston. This program teaches you how to feel calmer before surgery, procedures, treatments and tests as well as during your recovery process.

As part of the program, our trained facilitators conduct workshops to teach relaxation techniques by phone or in person. Relaxation imagery can be used during any procedure, but is especially helpful during MRI scans, biopsies, chemotherapy, endoscopy, radiation therapy, cardiac catheterization, physical or cardiac rehabilitation, and any other major therapies or procedures.

The program uses five steps to ease stress-related symptoms prior to surgery and improve help recovery time. Using the instruction pamphlet and accompanying audio, you’re encouraged to explore the process of deep relaxation.

By practicing deep relaxation, it is possible to reduce anxiety and promote a feeling of calmness, which in turn soothes the nervous system and helps strengthen the immune system. Relaxation also helps balance the endocrine and cardiovascular systems, which promotes overall healing.

Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster™ workshops are held by appointment only. Call 212-263-5767 to reserve a spot. You can also ask your nurse about the program during your preadmission testing appointment.

This program is offered free of charge to NYU Langone Health patients and their families through the generous support of Sid and Helaine Lerner. If you have completed the program, please take our survey. Your input helps us make improvements to the program.