Why do I need Post Operative Physiotherapy?

The simple answer is that the aim of Post Operative Physiotherapy is to help you get back to ‘normal’ after your surgery .

The first ‘phase’ of your post-operative physiotherapy will often be to build up the muscle tone and strength around the joint before progressing to more involved activities. Physiotherapists can also show you exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

In the unfortunate event that you do run into difficulty or don’t progress and recover as well as is expected, your physiotherapist can also alert your surgeon.

Ultimately the goal of physiotherapy is to help you get back to the same, if not higher, level of activity as you were previously.

Of course depending on your pre-surgical condition and the surgery that you have had, gaining full use of a joint may not be possible even after surgery. In this case physiotherapy can help you to adapt to this change.

Many patients have tried physiotherapy before surgery as a means to manage their symptoms and condition conservatively. For some patients this doesn’t work, for others it delays the need for surgery for a period of time.

The important thing is to approach Physiotherapy with an open mind. Not successfully managing your condition conservatively does not mean the physiotherapy post operatively is a ‘waste of time’. Positive thinking goes a long way in what can be a long recovery.

Different procedures require a different number of sessions and sometimes intensity of the physiotherapy given. Whether you need to see a physiotherapist or for how long will depend on your operation, your fitness and the rate in which you recovery. The number of sessions that you need can also be affected by how compliant you are with instructions and advice.

Some Key points to Post-operative recovery

  • Listen to the advice given to you by your Surgeon – they will tell you if you are to only partially weight bear, or not bend past a certain point. Any special instructions will be relayed to your physiotherapist.
  • Listen to your Physiotherapist and follow any advice/instructions they give you. Remember – they are trained in this!! They see numerous patients daily with a varying range of conditions and at varying stages of recovery.
  • Listen to your own body – it often has a way of telling you if you are overdoing it.
  • Don’t under-do it! Not using a joint at all after surgery can create a whole new set of problems as the joint becomes stiff from lack of use.

We build and maintain links to physiotherapists in various locations and are always happy to recommend one in your area.

I want to thank Mr. Datta for taking such good care of me during both hip replacement procedures. It was my first major surgery and he helped calm my nerves. Both surgeries were successful and the after care was excellent. I am now completely pain free and able to do things I was not able to do for a number of years.

S Kirby

I must say my overall experience at Spire under Mr Datta was first class and I am very grateful to all involved

Peter L

My care and treatment has been excellent. From my first consultation through to my surgery, I have been kept well informed and have had all the information I’ve needed to ensure the surgery went well and that I make a speedy recovery. I would highly recommend Mr Datta.

Mr King

I had a total knee replacement done and had the best care. Yes did experience a long wait to go to surgery but that's expected in most hospitals. Was in for 3 days and couldn't fault the care, nurses and cleanliness of the hospital. Lovely food. One nurse in particular always managed to make me smile

P Elliott

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