Pre-operative is the stage before you have surgery that allows you to be fully informed about the procedure and your post-op recovery. It allows you to feel less stressed about the surgery and ensure a smooth recovery process. Pre-operative rehabilitation is a vitally important component to anyone wanting to optimise their recovery following surgery.
The goal of pre-operative rehab is to help you be as well-conditioned as possible prior to surgery to enhance your post-operative recovery, and to understand the therapy routine that will be in place after surgery. The need for rehabilitation after surgery is often well appreciated, the importance of exercising before surgery is often overlooked. Because of the months of pain and reduced activity leading up to surgery, muscles become weaker, and walking, balance and exercise tolerance deteriorate.
Improved muscle strength reduces the effects of muscle wasting following surgery, making standing, walking and getting out of bed or a chair much easier. It is therefore recommended that you take part in a specifically prescribed rehab program prior to surgery to increase muscle strength and reduce the chance that you will require extended inpatient rehabilitation prior to being discharged home after surgery. We have witnessed far accelerated results with patients undergoing preoperative physiotherapy in direct comparison to those with the same conditions that did not undertake pre-op physio. Our physiotherapists will perform a thorough preoperative assessment to determine your physical capabilities and plan the best possible rehab program.
Patients are assessed for:
- Muscle and joint strength
- Mobility and gait pattern
- Independence within the home, including stair climb and descent.
This is also an opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with any walking aides you may need postoperatively, such as crutches or walking stick. We will also explain and demonstrate the correct post-operative exercises, and give guidance as to when these should be started.
Research strongly suggests that patients have much greater success postoperatively if they have had instruction in exercise prior to their surgery, therefore give us a call NOW to get yourself on the right path to a seamless surgical recovery.
The best post-operative rehabilitation is important in achieving the optimum outcome from your surgery and in minimising the risk of complications.
Your post-op rehab normally commences in the hospital the day after your surgery under the guidance of a physiotherapist and continues once you are discharged home.
Structured Programs for Pre & Post Operative Rehabilitation
A structured and prescribed exercise program helps to restore range of movement, decrease pain, improve muscle strength and mobility, and get you back doing the things you love more quickly.
Your post-operative rehabilitation is always individualised depending on your surgery, protocols and specific rehabilitation goals.
We place a strong focus on education, exercise, and manual therapy to help you regain movement, strength and normal function, getting you back to the tasks you love quickly and safely. Contact us to discuss your surgery and how we can help you through the recovery process.