What is Pre-Surgical Rehabilitation?

Pre-surgical rehabilitation, also known as prehabilitation or prehab, refers to the process of preparing an individual for surgery through targeted exercises and interventions. The primary goal of pre-surgical rehab is to optimize the patient's physical and functional condition before undergoing a surgical procedure. This proactive approach aims to improve surgical outcomes, enhance recovery, and reduce the risk of post-operative complications.

The rehabilitation program typically includes exercises to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and range of motion, enhance cardiovascular fitness, and address any pre-existing physical limitations.

Additionally, pre-surgical rehab may involve education and guidance on pain management techniques, breathing exercises, and strategies to optimize overall health and well-being. The rehabilitation team may also provide information about what to expect during the post-operative phase, set realistic goals, and address any concerns or questions the patient may have.

Our Approach to Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Post-surgical rehabilitation, also known as post-operative or post-op rehabilitation, is a vital component of the recovery process following surgery. It focuses on restoring function, promoting healing, and helping patients regain independence and quality of life. The duration and intensity of post-surgical rehab vary depending on the type of surgery performed, the individual's overall health, and other factors.

Post-surgical rehab typically begins soon after the operation, once the patient's medical condition is stable. The rehabilitation team, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other specialists, works closely with the patient to develop a customized treatment plan based on the surgical procedure, individual goals, and any specific limitations or challenges.

The rehabilitation program for post-surgical patients often includes a combination of exercises, manual therapy, pain management strategies, and functional training. The primary objectives are to reduce pain and inflammation, restore mobility and strength, improve balance and coordination, and facilitate a safe return to daily activities and functional tasks. The rehab team may also provide guidance on wound care, scar management, and assistive devices if needed.

Throughout the post-surgical rehab process, the healthcare professionals monitor the patient's progress, adjust the treatment plan as necessary, and offer emotional support and encouragement. Education on proper body mechanics, ergonomics, and lifestyle modifications may also be provided to prevent re-injury and promote long-term well-being.

Overall, pre and post-surgical rehabilitation play essential roles in optimizing surgical outcomes and facilitating a successful recovery. These comprehensive programs focus on individualized care, combining therapeutic interventions, education, and support to help patients regain their physical abilities and improve their overall quality of life.

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When should I consider physiotherapy for surgical treatment?

If you have recently undergone, or are planning on undergoing, surgery such as:

  • Joint replacements
  • Muscle or tendon repairs (e.g. rotator cuff, tennis elbow, Achilles tendon)
  • Ligament reconstructions (e.g. ACL, MCL)
  • Open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) post-fracture
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Lumbar fusion or discectomy
  • and many more!

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