In order to investigate and treat many injuries and illnesses, surgery is a necessary solution. After undergoing major surgery, physical therapy is required to help speed up the recovery and healing process. This therapy post-surgery is known and Post-Operative Rehabilitation. Establishing muscle strength, joint motion, full joint movement and restoring full body strength and functionality are important variants of this crucial process of Post-Operative Rehabilitation. Post-surgery or post-operative rehabilitation can last from one month to a year or longer depending on the surgical procedure that the patient has undergone.
Once the surgery is completed, the human body goes through a basic healing process which subsides the primary pain of the surgery. It is then at SIA, our in-patient rehabilitation team works with the patient and chalks out a plan to strengthen the body and re-establish their mobility and overall stability. This post-operative rehabilitation program will depend on the type of surgery and the patient’s recovery level. The main intention of post-operative rehabilitation is to have the patient return to their normal level of physical activity.
Some of our common post-operative treatments include breathing and circulation exercises to prevent complications, movement training to ensure safe movement post-surgery, instruction, and practice on using crutches or mobility aids safely, education on what to expect post-surgery and specific therapy to assist in a speedy recovery.
Appropriate rehabilitation and recovery time will differ with different patients and procedures. A good-to-do practice is to consult the rehabilitation team at SIA pre-surgery and understand the time frame for recovery to prepare the patient physically and mentally for the upcoming days. Irrespective of the time frame, post-operative rehabilitation is essential as it sets the patient on a path to full recovery.
Benefits of Post-Operative Rehabilitation
- Helps with circulation after surgery, preventing blood clots.
- Improves flexibility and range of motion
- Strengthens the core
- Posture, balance, and coordination improvement
- Self-care training
- Pain control and management
- Reduced risk for post-operative pulmonary complications (PCCs).
Any patient’s successful rehabilitation post-surgery depends on the teamwork of the patient and the rehabilitation team. At SIA, our team is committed to having the experience and knowledge to provide a successful post-surgical rehabilitation experience and to get the patient’s life back to recovery track with the best possible care.