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Pre & Post-Op Rehabilitation

Success of surgery will not only rely on the procedure itself, but pre & post management. Generally speaking, post-operative management will often involve management of scar tissue, flexibility, strengthening, proprioception and return to sport/work function.

Rehabilitation is always under guidance of the surgeon and NDPE has a great relationship with a high number of surgeons meaning we are very familiar with pre-op and post-op protocols for a range of procedures.


Pre and Post Operative Rehab

Your local physiotherapy rehabilitation services, ready to help you take the first steps towards recovery.



Eastwood Physio Services for Surgical Preparation and Recovery

A successful surgery doesn’t just rely on the operation itself going smoothly. To get the most out of your treatment, and to ensure that you’re back on your feet as soon as possible, proper preparation and recovery techniques are essential. Working with a physiotherapist both in the lead-up and aftermath of an operation is one of the best ways to do this.

Pre operative is this period before a major surgery, and it can be often overlooked by patients. Ensuring that you’re properly educated about what the process is going to look like, and prepared (both physically and mentally) to handle the recovery period is absolutely vital. Getting your body strong and healthy prior to surgery will make a world of difference, and a healthcare expert will understand all you need to be doing to ensure that happens.

Post operative rehabilitation can be tough. Major surgeries can leave you out of action for some time, and pushing yourself to get stronger and manage pain is no easy feat. Rehab during this period typically involves the management of scar tissue, flexibility, strengthening, proprioception, and helping you to return to work and sport in full functionality.


Common Types of Operations That Benefit From Physio Rehab

There is a wide variety of different surgeries and operations that commonly lead people to start physio rehab for recovery. If you’ve undergone a major surgery, chances are that there will be a long-term effect on your body, and getting back to functional health may take some time. In scenarios like these, post surgery rehab is the best way to go – ensuring your recovery is guided by a healthcare expert. Here are some common procedures our patients have been through prior to starting rehab:

  • Bone, joint and muscle surgeries (including repairs, reconstructions, and replacements)
  • Spinal surgery (including spinal fusions and disc repairs)
  • Brain surgery
  • Surgery for internal organs ( such as the lungs, heart, and liver)
  • Bladder and prostate surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Gynaecological repairs and reconstructions


How Physiotherapy Rehab Can Help Post Operation

Throughout your rehabilitation, your physiotherapist will be building a program tailored specifically for your and your health needs. This means that all services and recovery strategies involved will focus on what your body needs the most, the areas of difficulty, and your primary goals. Here are just a few of the techniques likely to be involved as a part of your post surgery rehabilitation.


Exercise Plan

Your physio will design an at-home exercise routine to get you mobile, stronger, and get your health back on track. This helps to put recovery into your hands, ensuring that you’re set up to take care of yourself within your body’s abilities long after your appointment’s finished

Expert Rehabilitation Advice

The rehabilitation process is rarely an easy thing to navigate. By working with a physio, you will have somebody there with you every step of the way to walk you through everything. They can explain what to expect both presently and into the future, what you should be doing, and can answer all your essential questions.

Setting You Up for Safe At-Home Care

Your physio will be able to provide advice and guidance for you as you transition into life back at home. After surgery, you may find that you aren’t quite able to go about life the same way you used to – at least not at first. During rehab, you’ll be guided through ways you can modify daily tasks to accommodate your health, and be recommended specific equipment or changes to your home to protect yourself from further injury.

Emotional Support

Going through a major surgery can take a toll on someone’s mental health. Stress and anxiety can be extremely prevalent for somebody going through considerable changes to their health, particularly if recovery is going to take a long time. Having a healthcare professional on your side who has seen plenty of patients go through this process can help to calm your nerves, and your physio will seek to provide all-around support to protect your emotional wellbeing throughout rehabilitation as well.


Mobilisation Techniques

A big part of physical rehabilitation is teaching you how to move safely after surgery. Your physiotherapist will help you to adapt to your physical capabilities, ensuring you’re moving around in ways that minimise risk, while also providing exercise techniques that will increase overall mobility and flexibility. Movement is essential to recovery – both rebuilding strength and improving circulation.

Mobility Aids

A physiotherapist will be able to guide you through the use of any equipment or aids to help make life after surgery a little easier. Whether this is additions to implement within the home or simply using crutches for a while, your physio will help instruct you on proper use and provide guidance as to how long you may need the extra help.


Enquire Now to See if Physiotherapy Rehab is Right for You

Have an upcoming surgery you’re looking to prepare yourself for? Recently undergone a major operation and hoping to find the right physio team to walk you through recovery? The NPDE team is ready to lend a hand. Call us up now to speak with a friendly team member, and we can start discussing whether our services could be the right fit for you.



Benefits of Post Operative Rehab

Giving yourself the support you need as your body recovers from something as challenging as a major surgery is going to make a huge difference in your long-term health. This period is vital in protecting yourself from further harm and getting back on your feet, so it’s best to ensure you’re taking all the precautions necessary. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from post operative rehab:

  • Pain management techniques
  • Guidance returning to day-to-day life
  • Reduced anxiety surrounding the recovery process
  • Regained confidence in your body and its capabilities
  • Regained independence
  • Improved posture
  • Ongoing advice and support
  • Instructions on how to minimise discomfort
  • Help getting back to work quickly
  • Strengthening weakened muscles
  • Stretching out muscles that may be stiff or sore


Your Physio Rehab Questions Answered

How many sessions will I need?

The amount of sessions involved in a rehabilitation program entirely depends on your condition of health, the type of surgery you’ve undergone, and your goals for rehab. For example, often patients who have been through a knee or hip replacement surgery might be looking at around 6 weeks of rehabilitation, with one or two sessions per week. But it’s all easy to change.

Am I locked into a set amount of sessions?

Not at all! You’re in charge of your rehabilitation, and you will book and pay on a session-to-session basis. If budgeting, time, or location mean you want fewer sessions with your physio, then you’re welcome to adjust, regardless of recommended time frames.

Do you work with my surgeon?

Yes, to an extent. Rehabilitation is always under the guidance and referral of a surgeon. At NDPE, we have close relationships with a number of great surgeons, meaning we are very familiar with their pre and post operative protocols.

Should I provide my physio with X-rays and MRIs?

It depends! Sometimes your physio may request scans to get a better idea of your pain and where it may be coming from, but often the two aren’t related. Coming in with X-rays and MRIs aren’t necessary, but may be requested at some stage by your physio.


Long Term Management

One of the biggest perks of physio rehab is that its going to be benefitting you and your body for many, many years to come. Your physio is aiming to set you up for a long, healthy life after your surgery. This includes self-management plans for pain, mobilisation, and ongoing strengthening of your body. Going through a rehab program isn’t just to help you through those initial weeks of discomfort after a major operation – this is something that’s going to provide advice and techniques that will improve your quality of living for many years to come.


Call Now to Book Your First Rehab Appointment

Booking yourself in for pre and post operative rehabilitation is a decision you’ll be thanking yourself for time and time again. At NDPE, we understand that no two patients are the same. With us, your physio rehabilitation will be catered entirely to your unique health needs, ensuring that every service we offer you is going to bring you one step closer to full recovery. Contact our team of expert physios today to book your first appointment – you won’t regret it.



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