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Recovery can start before an operation with targeted preoperative training. This offer is currently available to patients before a full knee prosthesis operation.

Ideal preparation for every operation

Prehabilitation, or prehab for short, is individual preoperative movement therapy and physiotherapy. It shortens the length of the hospital stay, reduces the complication rate and improves the quality of life for patients after the operation. Prehabilitation includes physiotherapy, consisting of personalized training and education. This enables patients to maintain or improve their physical performance and functionality before an operation.

What are the benefits of prehabilitation?

  • Overall state of health is improved.
  • Cardiovascular fitness improves.
  • Activity level increases.
  • Fewer painkillers are required due to reduced pain levels.
  • Health-related quality of life is enhanced.
  • Rehabilitation period is shorter and daily activities can be resumed more quickly.
  • Complication rate is lower.

How does prehabilitation work?

What are the requirements for participation in the program?

  • Adults
  • Indication for a unilateral full knee prosthesis
  • Waiting time from diagnosis of a need for intervention until the operation of at least four weeks
  • Willingness to
    • take part in prehabilitation treatment at the University Center for Sports Medicine and Prevention
    • conduct a program at home
    • participate in “prehab test 2” in the hospital (a few days before the operation)
    • keep a diary from before the operation until 3 months after the operation

Which patients are not eligible to take part?

Patients with pre-existing

  • neurological muscle weakness
  • severe obesity (BMI >35)
  • known depression
  • patellar instability or patella alta
  • significant pain or signs of inflammation

What does prehabilitation cost?

Prehabilitation training is invoiced as part of a normal physiotherapy referral. No additional costs are incurred.


Please contact our reception if you have any questions or to register.

+41 44 386 52 52

Monday to Friday
7 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Portrait photograph of Pascale Gränicher
Pascale Gränicher
Head of Prehab Treatment

Specialist teams

Sports Medicine

The center is focused on sports-related complaints and treats hobby and professional athletes of all ages. Athletes are individually treated according to their personal goals at the Swiss Olympic Medical Center.


Knee surgery

The knee surgery team offers treatment methods from arthroscopy to robot surgery for all knee problems – for both accident and sports injuries as well as disorders and chronic complaints.


Our specialists are here for you.

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Medical director
Prof. Johannes Scherr, MD

Porträtfotografie von Pascale Gränicher
Head of Prehab Treatment
Pascale Gränicher

Porträtfotografie von Sandro Fucentese
Head of Knee Surgery
Prof. Sandro Fucentese, MD