About the Speaker

Ms Kylie Siu 

Senior Physiotherapist
Rehabilitation Services
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Kylie is a senior physiotherapist, coach, speaker, and clinical facilitator for the cardiorespiratory team at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Her profession as a physiotherapist has unified her passion in movement and teaching.

She has an extensive array of clinical experience working with a diverse range of clients from sports injuries, lifestyle modification of patients with chronic diseases, to critically ill patients in both surgical and medical settings. She has keen interest in the areas of critical care rehabilitation, with the intent to revolutionalize the quality of life of patients during and after the period of critical illness through exercise prescription.

An ACSM-certified clinical exercise physiologist and an active sports-person herself, her vision is to enhance the level of understanding of exercise prescription to the critically ill population and to ultimately manage the patient holistically in the acute setting. Her current research interests include examining functional outcomes for ICU survivors, and also translation of evidence into clinical practice.


Track 1: Cancer Rehabilitation
Prehabilitation in Geriatric Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery
Date  :  Thursday, 7 September 2017
Time  :  1030
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :   Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Singapore. As the aging population grows, the incidence of colorectal cancer will also rise and will become a significant health burden. Age is a risk factor for being frail which has been defined as a state of limited reserve to withstand stress such as a surgical intervention. In the short term, frail patients have greater risk on major postoperative complications while in the long term; frail patients are more likely to experience a poorer functional performance postoperatively resulting in institutionalization and loss of capacity to perform daily life activities. Surgery is the cornerstone of the treatment of colorectal cancer. Older patients, especially if frail are more prone to complications and require specific preoperative risk stratification. Prehabilitation, defined as the enhancement of the preoperative condition of a patient, is a possible strategy to improve the postoperative outcome of these patients. In this presentation, we will review current literature on prehabilitation on this population, a showcase of prehabilitation and associated outcomes in a native hospital, and a discussion on how this could be pragmatically coordinated and structured into a local setting.