The use of fast-track regimes has led to a marked decline in complication rates post surgery. Nevertheless, older people have an increased risk of loss of muscle mass and strength and disability post surgery compared to younger adults. Consequently, attempts to counteract these problems seem highly relevant. The number of studies on the effect of perioperative training is still limited. However, there is increasing evidence that strength training commenced early post surgery is safe and effective in regard to restore muscle function in older patients going through acute or elective surgery.
Ugeskrift for Læger, 2013, Vol 175, Issue 41, p. 2421-2424