Prehabilitation to Overcome the Stress of Surgery: the Role of Nutrition in Enhancing Postoperative Functional Capacity
The aims of this research project are the following:
1. Determine to what extent a nutritional prehabilitation regimen, which includes whey
protein, initiated before surgery and continued after surgery, optimizes the recovery
of functional walking capacity following colorectal resection for cancer.
2. To understand further which measures of immediate surgical recovery are sensitive to
prehabilitation interventions, and predict change in later outcome measures.
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)
Change in functional walking capacity will be assessed throughout the study according to the 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT). The 6MWT evaluates the ability of an individual to maintain a moderate level of physical activity over a time period reflective of the activities of daily living. Subjects are instructed to walk back and forth, in a 20 m stretch of hallway, for six minutes, at a pace that would make them tired by the end of the walk; encouragement and feedback are given according to published guidelines.
up to 8 weeks after surgery
Franco Carli, MD
McGill University Health Center
Canada: Ethics Review Committee