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Pre and Post Surgery Rehab

Pre-surgery and post-surgery rehabilitation are two types of rehabilitation programs that are designed to help patients recover from surgical procedures.

Pre-surgery rehabilitation, also known as prehabilitation, is a program that focuses on preparing a patient for surgery. This may include exercises and physical therapy to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. Prehabilitation can help reduce the risk of complications during surgery, improve post-surgery outcomes, and speed up recovery time.

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Post-surgery rehabilitation is a program that focuses on helping a patient recover after surgery. The program may include exercises and physical therapy to improve mobility, reduce pain and swelling, and restore strength and flexibility. Post-surgery rehabilitation can also help prevent complications such as blood clots and infections, and help patients return to their normal activities as quickly as possible.

Pre-Surgery Rehab

The specific components of pre and post-surgery rehabilitation programs depend on the type of surgery and the individual needs of the patient. Rehabilitation programs are typically developed and supervised by a team of healthcare professionals, including physicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. They are tailored to the patient's unique needs and may include a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and other interventions to promote healing and recovery.

 

The type of exercise program that is suitable for pre-surgery rehabilitation may vary depending on the type of surgery and the individual needs of the patient. However, in general, pre-surgery rehabilitation programs may include exercises that focus on:

  1. Strengthening: Pre-surgery exercises can help build up the strength of the muscles around the surgical area. This can help reduce the risk of complications during surgery and improve post-surgery outcomes. Exercises may include weightlifting, resistance band exercises, or bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, and push-ups.

  2. Range of motion: Range of motion exercises can help improve flexibility and mobility in the affected area. This can help reduce stiffness and improve recovery after surgery. Examples of range of motion exercises include stretching, yoga, and Pilates.

  3. Cardiovascular endurance: Cardiovascular exercises can help improve endurance and cardiovascular health. This can help improve recovery after surgery and reduce the risk of complications. Examples of cardiovascular exercises include walking, cycling, swimming, or using an elliptical machine.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any pre-surgery exercise program. We can provide guidance on which exercises are safe and appropriate based on the patient's medical history, initial evaluation and the type of surgery.

Post-Surgery Rehab

The type of exercises that are suitable for post-surgery rehabilitation will depend on the type of surgery and the individual needs of the patient. In general, post-surgery rehabilitation programs may include exercises that focus on:

  1. Range of motion: Range of motion exercises can help improve flexibility and mobility in the affected area. This can help reduce stiffness and improve recovery after surgery. Examples of range of motion exercises include stretching, yoga, and Pilates.

  2. Strengthening: Strengthening exercises can help rebuild muscle strength in the affected area after surgery. This can help improve functional abilities and reduce the risk of complications. Examples of strengthening exercises include weightlifting, resistance band exercises, or bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, and push-ups.

  3. Cardiovascular endurance: Cardiovascular exercises can help improve endurance and cardiovascular health. This can help improve recovery after surgery and reduce the risk of complications. Examples of cardiovascular exercises include walking, cycling, swimming, or using an elliptical machine.

  4. Manual therapy: Manual therapy, such as massage or joint mobilization, can help reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected area. This can help improve recovery and functional abilities after surgery.

 

It is important to work with a physical therapist to develop a personalized post-surgery rehabilitation program that takes into account the specific needs of the patient and the type of surgery they underwent. Our  rehabilitation programs are tailored to the patient's abilities and progress gradually to avoid the risk of re-injury or complications.

The length of time you should wait before starting post-surgery rehabilitation will depend on the type of surgery you underwent and your individual recovery process. In general, your surgeon will provide specific instructions on when you can start rehabilitation exercises after your surgery.

In some cases, you may start rehabilitation exercises soon after surgery. For example, if you underwent a joint replacement surgery, you may start physical therapy exercises on the first or second day after surgery. In other cases, such as after a major surgery, your healthcare professional may recommend waiting several weeks before starting rehabilitation exercises.

It is important to follow your Physical Therapist’s instructions regarding post-surgery rehabilitation to avoid the risk of re-injury or complications. Starting rehabilitation exercises too soon after surgery can also be harmful, as it may delay the healing process.

If you have any concerns or questions about starting post-surgery rehabilitation, give us a call at 408-809-0115 or email us at admin@velocitypt.care. We can provide guidance on when to start and what exercises are safe and appropriate based on your individual needs and the type of surgery you underwent.

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