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Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Program

To help you prepare for procedures, tests, hospitalization, or rehabilitation, we offer the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster™ program through NYU Langone’s integrative health services. Based on the techniques developed by Peggy Huddleston, our trained facilitators conduct workshops to teach relaxation techniques by phone or at the hospital bedside.

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

Deep relaxation 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.

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 available to all NYU Langone patients. Please call 212-263-5767 to make an appointment. You can also ask your nurse about the program during your preadmission testing appointment.

This program is offered free of charge to NYU Langone patients and their families through the generous support of Sid and Helaine Lerner.