Pre-Surgery and Post-Surgery Exercise
Exercise rehabilitation to prepare you for surgery and then successfully return you to living pain-free
Whether you are about to undergo surgery, or you have recently completed surgery, it is imperative that you undertake an expertly-designed exercise program to assist with your preparation and recovery. Clinical research demonstrates that preparing your body appropriately for surgery with a tailored and structured exercise program significantly decreases your recovery time post surgery. Similarly, undertaking an individually-designed rehabilitation program post-surgery is imperative to ensure your optimal recovery – so that you can get back to living your life pain-free and able to do all the activities you want.
You may be undertaking surgery for a variety of reasons, including for orthopaedic (e.g., knee & hip replacements, rotator cuff tears, spinal disc repair, etc.), cardiovascular (e.g., coronary bypass, stents, etc.) or for general surgery reasons. Our exercise plans will ensure that you prepare your body adequately for the demands placed upon it during surgery. Whether this is the demand of the anaesthetic used in surgery, or the necessary trauma to your body due to the operative procedures, preparing your body adequately will ensure that you cope with the demands of surgery.
In the case of preparing for orthopaedic surgery such as knee replacements, hip replacements, and back surgery, our goal with exercise interventions is to strengthen and activate the muscles surrounding the affected joint. By improving the function of these muscles, a well-planned exercise program will enable you to move the joint with greater control and stability post-surgery. Typically, you may also have muscular tightness around the joint prior to and after surgery. By reducing muscular tightness, your increased flexibility will allow the joint to move more freely and with less pain. Increasing the strength and activation of appropriate muscles surrounding the joint prior to surgery will speed up your recovery post-surgery and will significantly contribute to your speedy rehabilitation.
Exercise intervention post-surgery is critical to enhance your recovery and return you quickly to your normal lifestyle. We will devise a rehabilitation program tailored to your individual condition and rehabilitation needs. Our Exercise Physiologists are highly trained and experienced in supervising your exercise post-surgery, as we slowly and safely build you back to improved strength, better movement, and improved functional ability. After surgery, everyone recovers at a different rate. Our programs will address your individual needs, so we will work with you at a pace that is suitable to you. Using our advanced rehabilitation knowledge and techniques, we will ensure you progress forward, pain-free, to return you to full and healthy function.
Call us today on (03) 9857 3007 to discuss undertaking an exercise routine to prepare you for surgery or for rehabilitation post-surgery.