Post-surgery complication rates could be halved by new patient app

myOp will support and improve pre- and post-surgery care for people undergoing major elective surgery, up to 30% of whom will develop a complication

myOp aims to help reduce post-surgery complications and improve pre-surgery assessment

Digital therapeutics pioneer, my mhealth, has announced the launch of its new expert-designed app, myOp, which has the potential to halve post-surgery complication rates and improve recovery times for even the highest-risk patients pre-surgery.

According to a range of scientific studies, up to 30% of surgical patients experience complications after surgery, meaning increased healthcare costs, hospital stays, and bed occupation.

And with COVID-19 leading to huge waiting lists and a backlog of elective surgery, the need to find ways of improving efficiency, reducing complications, and length of stay has never been more essential. /

myOp is an all-in-one solution supporting patients and clinicians from the decision to operate to a full, speedy recovery.

“These complications can have lifelong impact on patients and greatly increase the cost of care, as well as stress levels and pressure on clinical teams

It delivers a variety of ‘prehabilitation’ interventions that have been shown to reduce complication rates by up to 50%.

my mhealth has selected the most-effective, evidence-based tools, combined with proven behavioural change techniques, to deliver tailored care to patients.

The app follows a model of prehabilitation broken down into three key areas: nutrition, exercise, and anxiety.

And patients can increase their fitness at a level appropriate to them, and a custom-designed mindfulness-based cognitive therapy course is in-app.

With educational content, memory aids that support patient concerns, and a nutrition section - myOp is packed full of videos and content that help patients to prepare well for surgery.

It also supports clinicians by providing a series of screening tools that allow rapid assessment of patient risk and identify those at a higher risk of post-op complications.

Surgical expert at my mhealth, and myOp creator, Dr Harry Thirkettle, said: “I've seen first hand that the impact of post-surgery complications on both patients and healthcare systems can be catastrophic.

“These complications can have lifelong impact on patients and greatly increase the cost of care, as well as stress levels and pressure on clinical teams.

“They also have indirect ramifications due to patients staying in hospital longer.

“This problem was something that I was passionate about solving and myOp was born from my desire to create something that could be widely used and given to every patient undergoing major elective surgery to give them the tools they needed to prepare.

As the health service recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to support and optimise patients pre-operatively complications, shorter hospital stays, and improved efficiency in surgical pathways

“After seven years in the making, I could not be more thrilled to launch this ground-breaking digital therapeutic.”

Professor Mike Grocott, a professor of anaesthesia and critical care medicine at the University of Southampton, adds: “Effective prehabilitation has been shown to reduce complications and improve quality of life.

“And, as the health service recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to support and optimise patients pre-operatively complications, shorter hospital stays, and improved efficiency in surgical pathways.

“Prehabilitation and enhanced recovery after surgery should form a key part of current elective recovery plans.”

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