Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

What is Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

Post Surgery rehabilitation re-establishes muscle strength, joint motion, full joint movement, and restores full body strength and functionality. The length of post-surgery physical therapy might range from a month to a full year, depending on the type of surgery performed.

Post operative rehabilitation physiotherapy is necessary for orthopedic, cardiac, or cancer preventative surgery. Pre-surgery physical therapy is recommended as it fastens the post-operative healing, increases joint mobility, and reduces inflammation post-surgery.

No matter what kind of surgery – a knee replacement, a heart operation, or a procedure to cure cancer- rehabilitation physiotherapy can help in faster recovery. 

Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

Unlocking the Potential: How Post-Surgery Rehabilitation Empowers Recovery

There are numerous reasons why post-surgery rehabilitation is necessary.  some of which include the following:

  • Enhancing the range of motion and movement in the area where surgery was performed. 
  • Strengthening of the muscles
  • Reducing the pain
  • Help regain the ability to walk, initially with crutches or a walker and subsequently on your own.
  • Performing daily tasks like climbing stairs, rising from a chair or bed, entering, and exiting a car, getting dressed, etc.

Signs and Symptoms Post-Surgery

The type of surgery conducted is one of the main factors that affects discomforts levels.  Typical discomforts may include:

  • Vomiting and nausea after general anesthesia.
  • Sore throat (caused by the tube placed in the windpipe for breathing during surgery)
  • Edema, despair, and soreness near the incision site
  • Insomnia and restlessness
  • Breathlessness is caused by mucus build-up in lungs due to anesthesia. Exhaling out of nose and mouth or breathing can be painful for some.
  • Fever may signal several postoperative problems, such as pneumonia or an infected incision.
  • Pain especially from surgeries that require a major incision. Pain need not always be a cause for concern. However, rehabilitation is the greatest option if your postoperative pain is unexpectedly severe or difficult.

Stages of Surgery Rehabilitation

Even though not all post-operative issues can be avoided, some can be avoided with careful monitoring post-surgery and during the recovery period.  

Pre-Surgery Physiotherapy

  • It is important to discuss with the therapist, prior to the operation, about the supplies, assistance, and care you might require once discharged post-surgery.
  • Pre-surgery session may help reduce the anxiety levels, gain confidence and gain more knowledge on what is entailed before, during and after the surgery and how they may feel afterwards.

Post-Surgery Physiotherapy

Physical therapy following surgery is essential for post- surgery rehabilitation because it promotes a speedier and more complete recovery and a successful return to preoperative levels of physical function. Physical therapy following surgery gives the body’s tissue, joints, and cartilage the stimulus they require to heal.

  • Physiotherapy helps enhance body balance, posture, and muscle strength.
  • Self-care instruction from the physiotherapist can help with daily activities like getting out of bed, taking bath, climbing stairs, etc.
  • Physical therapists can train pain management techniques to reduce discomfort.
  • Depending on surgery and results, Physiotherapists can aid relearning certain skills, such as cooking, taking a shower, or getting dressed.
  • Patients who have undergone specific procedures, such as brain surgery, require assistance in regaining this ability, and a speech therapist is crucial in this process.
  • Following surgery, a physiotherapist can teach how to utilize assistive equipment to enhance mobility.
  • A qualified therapist can aid in minimizing the aftereffects of surgery, such as pain and swelling. Before and after ligament repairs, arthroscopies, decompressions, tendon transfers, complete joint replacements, and ACL reconstructions. Post Surgery rehabilitative physiotherapy can help regain a complete range of motion and lower the risk of problems.

RCP Health: Your Partner for Effective Post-Surgery Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation

Post surgery recovery vastly depends on the severity and the location of the injury.  However, physical therapy should start as soon as possible to ensure a faster and all rounded recovery.  Physical therapy is necessary if recovering from open-heart surgery, knee or hip replacement surgery, or breast cancer treatment. Studies have shown that it is advantageous to begin physical activity and rehabilitation as soon as possible after surgery.

Utilizing knowledge and abilities exclusive to physical therapists, the physiotherapist examines/assesses the patient and sets goals together. They design programs that include a range of exercises and modalities to help with any circulatory or pulmonary problems that may have arisen while in the hospital, as well as to strengthen and mobilize any problematic joints and muscles.

Our physical therapists tailor their interventions to each patient’s unique needs, ensuring long-term success.

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