02 Aug Surgery and Physiotherapy
There are a lot of people out there that have experienced a surgery that requires a period of time off your feet or in a hospital bed. The thing that I tend to find is people get told a lot about the surgery and what to expect – but they don’t know the changes that occur due to the rest that is associated with the surgery.
Did you know that bedrest that is associated with recovery causes a decrease in muscle mass, bone integrity, can effect your immune system, causes tendon strength loss and can change your skin recovery (www.nursingtimes…..)?
So what does this mean post surgery? It means that just because you have been given the go ahead to exercise and walk without assistance from a surgical point of view doesn’t mean that the rest of your body is ready. If you haven’t been using a leg for 6 weeks due to a fracture, starting walking on it without the appropriate guidance, exercise and support can sometimes cause more harm then good.
So what can you do? There are a number of things that can assist in getting you in better shape heading into surgery and put you on the front foot coming out.
- Consult your physiotherapist prior to your surgery to get some information and exercises to assist with getting you as prepared as possible for your surgery. Your Sports Physiotherapist should give you some exercises to assist leading into surgery and in the days post surgery.
- Make sure you adhere to the restrictions (if any) that have been placed on you post your surgery
- Movement and exercise is key post any type of surgery secondary to the complications that can occur post op. Some surgeries do require full bed rest (but these are becoming more of an exception rather then a rule) but most you will be up either the day of surgery or the day afterwards.
- If there are weight bearing restrictions ensure that you adhere to these to allow appropriate bone healing.
- Consultation with your physiotherapist prior to being allowed to get back into full exercise or full weight bearing will allow you to strengthen the area so its ready when your able to walk.
The last point is the one that is most neglected and I believe is a really integral part to the rehabilitation process and decreasing the amount of downtime that is experienced by the surgery. It makes sense right? If you strengthen an area prior to being able to start using it to its full potential you’ll only be better off.
So if you’ve got a surgery scheduled in the near future or you have had recent surgery look at getting some advice on what you should be doing to assist with your outcomes. Lissome is now offering pre and post op surgery consultations where our highly trained physio’s will put you on the right track and help you to improve your long term outcomes.
Check out our pre and post op services on our website. We would love to be able to assist you to get the most out of your surgery and your new lease on life that you should have post!