Effects of Psychological Predictors and Interventions on Recovery from Surgery

  • Yori Gidron


This is a very applied, though scientifically based, chapter, involving a very common clinical issue in medicine. After presenting the chapter’s “case,” we learn briefly the biology of wound healing and surgical recovery. This sets the ground to review evidence on whether psychological factors predict recovery from surgery. We then review studies related to the PNI of surgery. The last topic concerns empirical evidence on the effects of pre-surgical psychological interventions on recovery from surgery. The chapter ends by returning to its hypothetical case. The topic of predicting recovery from surgery and improving recovery by psychological means has vast implications, where behavioral medicine can make a real impact with brief interventions, in such highly stressful moments in health care.


Biology of wound healing Psychological predictors Recovery from surgery Psychoneuroimmunological mechanisms Psychological interventions 


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  • Yori Gidron
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  1. 1.SCALab, University of LilleLilleFrance

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