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Prehabilitation Program

Prehabilitation is a multidisciplinary strengthening program that helps to improve a patient’s strength before surgery and recovery time post-operative. The program includes evaluation, education, nutrition, exercise and stress management. Our clinic has expanded prehab to a multi-modal holistic approach to treat the muscle mass loss, which is common in sedentary and ill patients. Studies have shown the best time for these interventions are in the preoperative period before surgery.

At Ochsner Health, our team works together to create an individualized plan to not only cure our patient’s disease but to improve their functional recovery. Patients are typically sent to the Prehab program at a minimum of 4 weeks before their surgery. The components of the program include:

  • Nutrition, and referral to a registered dietitian, if needed
  • Activity evaluation, and a physical therapist referral to create an individualized plan
  • Stress management and assessments, such as breathing techniques and mindfulness
  • Sleep evaluation
  • Health optimizations, such as smoking cessation and the reduction or elimination of use of drugs/noxious substances.
  • Disease specific education

Our team treats a wide variety of patients, which include upper GI cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic and esophageal cancer, head and neck, and chemotherapy patients. The goal of the program is to:

  • Decrease inflammation
  • Increase ability to build muscle
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Reduce stress through proven activities that reduce anxiety and depression
  • Empower patients to regain some control of their condition

Patient referrals and transfers are critically important, and we want to make it easy for referring providers and their staff. Clinic Concierge is our clinic referral line for physicians, provides fast and easy access for referring patients for clinic appointments. Referring physicians can call Clinic Concierge or place orders electronically using Ochsner Provider Connect or call 1-855-312-4190

Meet the Team

Our innovative team collaborates to build a personalized plan to help patients prepare and recover from surgery. Our team members are evidence-driven and research-based, and they are dedicated in providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

Preoperative Optimization Perioperative Program Team

  • Siobhan M Trotter, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C
    Siobhan M Trotter, DNP, APRN, AGNP-C
    • Program Founder and Director
  • Xinyi “Cathy” Luo, MD- General Surgery Resident
    Xinyi “Cathy” Luo, MD- General Surgery Resident
    • Program Coordinator and Clinical Research Associate
  • Brian Moore, MD
    Brian Moore, MD
    • ENT Surgeon, Director of Ochsner Cancer Institute, Associate Medical Director of South Shore region
  • John S. Bolton, MD
    John S. Bolton, MD
    • Surgical Oncology, Upper Gastrointestinal, Chairman Emeritus of Department of Surgery
  • Nathan Bolton, MD
    Nathan Bolton, MD
    • Surgical Oncology, Upper Gastrointestinal
  • Russell Brown, MD, FACS
    Russell Brown, MD, FACS
    • Surgical Oncology, Upper Gastrointestinal
  • Charles Whitlow, MD
    Charles Whitlow, MD
    • Colon and Rectal Surgery, Chairman of Colon & Rectal Surgery, Associate Medical Director for Surgical Services
  • Jennifer Paruch, MD
    Jennifer Paruch, MD
    • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Diogo Torres, MD
    Diogo Torres, MD
    • Gynecology Oncology
  • Natalie Bzowej, MD
    Natalie Bzowej, MD
    • Hepatology
  • Aimee G'sell, APRN, ANP-C, CDE
    Aimee G'sell, APRN, ANP-C, CDE
    • Surgical Oncology, Upper Gastrointestinal
  • Victoria Kennedy, PT
    Victoria Kennedy, PT
    • Program Supervisor
  • Emily Straub, PT
    Emily Straub, PT
    • Physical Therapist
  • Judy Landry, MS, BSN, RN
    Judy Landry, MS, BSN, RN
    • Upper GI Surgical and Medical Oncology
  • Shantell Butler, RN
    Shantell Butler, RN
    • Lead Registered Nurse, Surgical Oncology, Upper Gastrointestinal
  • Marisa Doran - Medical Student
    Marisa Doran - Medical Student
    • Medical Student
  • Sinead Brenner - Medical Student
    Sinead Brenner - Medical Student
    • Medical Student

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Prehabilitation Program Locations

Ochsner Center for Primary Care and Wellness
1401 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sat: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.