Any major surgical procedure takes an immense toll on the body and can leave an individual physically and emotionally weak. With the summer holidays fast approaching, it’s actually one of the most popular times for elective surgery. When it comes to an individual’s surgery outcome and rehabilitation, pre and post-operative physiotherapy are essential.
Pre-operative physio, otherwise known as ‘Prehab’ is one of the most effective treatments that can lead to a faster, more successful recovery. Pre-operative physio is an exercise-based program designed for individuals who have planned for major surgery in the near future. Pre-operative physio has a range of benefits including:
- Reducing pain and inflammation after surgery
- Improving the surgery outcome by strengthening the muscles and reducing the recovery time
- Improving muscular control in the injured site and restores range of motion more effectively
- Reducing your hospitalisation stay and long-term rehabilitation costs
Pre-operative physiotherapy is highly effective and can prepare the body for surgery, while also giving patients the confidence to know what surgery and post-recovery will look like.
Post-surgery rehab can begin as soon as after your surgery and even on the same day. Depending on the surgery and injury type, physiotherapists aim to restore motion as soon as possible after surgery. Post-operative physiotherapy is essential to a successful recovery and has been proven to:
- Improve circulation as it not only facilitates faster healing, but also reduces the chance of blood clots occurring post-surgery
- Regain lost strength, movement and overall function in the area
- Reduce pain and swelling around the injured site
Recovery from surgery can be difficult, especially when the joints and muscles have to take on the body’s weight. Hydrotherapy is an effective treatment used in post-surgery rehabilitation to reduce the impact of traditional weight bearing exercises. The buoyancy of the water provides a partial weight-bearing environment to exercise, which is a great stepping stone to move towards a land-based exercise program.
The goal of physiotherapy is to restore, maintain, and improve the mobility, function, and well-being of our patients. We aim to establish this in your pre and post-operative rehabilitation. If you have a planned surgery coming up and would like to know more about how physiotherapy can help with your preparations and recovery, contact the Progressive practice this week.