A surgical procedure, however skilfully performed, is not going to produce a successful outcome if you do not do some post-operative work yourself. Working with a Physiotherapist on the exercises that will help you to regain strength, full mobility and function is definitely the fastest, easiest and safest way to get back to normal day-to-day activities after an orthopaedic, obstetric or gynaecological procedure.
Patients come to see us at Focal Allied Health prior to an elective surgery. This is helpful for two reasons.
- Firstly, we can ensure that our patients are familiar with the exercises they will be doing right after surgery and we can make a pre-operative assessment that will help with post-surgery rehabilitation
- Secondly, being as fit and strong as possible prior to surgery will help enormously with recovery and post-operative rehabilitation
Whether you have a planned surgery and want to see us prior to this to discuss the treatments and options available to you – both pre and post-op, or whether you have already had your surgery and are looking to optimise your recovery, call us today on 03 9034 7735 now or Book Online for an initial appointment at our clinics.
How Can Physiotherapy Help?
At Focal Allied Health, our team of registered Physiotherapists have many years of experience in working with patients both before and after surgery.
In the pre-op phase, there is plenty of evidence to show the benefits of exercising prior to an orthopaedic procedure (such as hip or knee surgery). We are able to assess patients and advise on exercises that are safe and effective in preparing them for surgery.
In the post-op phase, our team is experienced in surgical rehabilitation protocols after all types of operation including hip, knee and shoulder replacements or other surgery, Achilles tendon repair, ACL reconstruction, breast, gynaecological and obstetric surgery.
While in hospital, the ‘in-house’ Physiotherapy team will prescribe breathing exercises to minimise the risk of chest infection and some exercises to minimise the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). They may also begin exercises to help with strengthening and improving the range of motion.
At Focal Allied Health we will continue to work with you after your return home from the hospital. Our focus will be on restoring mobility, strengthening weakened muscles, compensating for any functional loss and restoring normal movement to affected joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
For women who have had breast surgery, NICE guidelines suggest that physiotherapy can improve the function of the arm and shoulder in those patients who have had surgery for breast cancer.
After Obstetric or Gynaecological procedures, Physiotherapy will help to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. These muscles need to be strong in order to avoid incontinence of urine and/or faeces and to help with the prevention of a pelvic organ prolapse.
Whether you are looking to return to work, playing sport or simply to get back to your normal day-to-day activities, with the holistic approach to healing and the range of techniques available to us, including the addition, if appropriate, of massage, clinical Pilates and other complementary therapies, we can get you there! We will develop a rehabilitation program specific to your needs, designed to optimise your recovery and in the fastest time possible.