Back To Life After Surgery
Surgical procedures are often followed by a programme of physiotherapy.
Although it is true that surgery is sometimes the only effective way to address some medical problems, it also has an effect on the body.
Post-operative patients may suffer from discomfort and reduced mobility. Any surgery requiring a general anesthetic may have an effect on the respiratory system. Pre and post operative physiotherapy helps speed the recovery process, contributes to pain management and allows patients to regain function faster.
Although mostly related to orthopaedics, post-op physiotherapy treatment has been shown to help with a variety of other conditions requiring surgery (e.g. breast, heart/ lung, abdominal, neurological or childbirth). The physiotherapist works closely with the surgeon and GP to facilitate the recovery process. The programme that they design for the patient will improve mobility and strength. This will assist them returning home, to work, sport and recreation.
A good physiotherapist will educate their patients, provide useful advice and exercises relevant to their surgery. They will also be able to explain how to avoid or minimize any problems that may arise.
By all means patients should feel free to ask questions about the programme they’ve been given and discuss any issues so it can be adapted to suit individual circumstances.
The key aspects to avoid however, when it comes to post surgery physiotherapy, are to do nothing or to do too much. The physiotherapist will help patients to work at the right level.
The best results are obtained when the medical personnel and the patient work together as a team.