Recovery after surgery

Rehabilitation, or physical therapy and exercise following any type of surgery are essential to regaining strength, balance, endurance and conditioning after surgery. Since some exercises are initially contraindicated and some are essential for preventing scar formation, it is advisable to have a well-trained specialist who coordinate and supervise your post operative rehabilitation.

Rehab and recovery

Surgery is an essential but not the final stage of treatment. Post-operative care is a very important aspect of even the most minor operation. Depending on the type of surgery, you will be ordered to stay in bed for 1-30 or even more days after surgery. It is normal to feel a little weak after the operation, but a smart rehab will help you build up strength, ease pain and get back to your normal activities. Our physiotherapists can give you range of breathing, hands and feet exercises that you can easily practice while lying in bed. After getting out of bed, you will receive more intensive exercise training that gradually leads you back to normal physical activities.

The rehabilitation time for an abdominal surgery typically starts on the third day after the operation. Walking will strengthen your abdominal muscles, but do not attempt any traditional abdominal exercises immediately after surgery. In case of trauma surgeries the rehabilitation time lasts longer, 1-6 months in typical, since fracture healing in a broken bone is quite a complex process. Your physiotherapist will have you start exercising to restore your injured body part to pre-fracture condition. Massage and pilates exercises can also help to maintain muscle tone and good blood circulation in the affected areas. After hand or leg surgery, rehabilitation is an important factor in restoring normal movement and flexibility in your joints. In most cases, you have to wait months for lasting results.

Pain management

Pain after any type of surgery is undoubtedly one of the things people fear most about the procedure. This is understandable, but pain after surgery can and should be managed. Pain will commonly increase as you become more active at home and during rehab. Good pain control is required for an optimal physical and psychological recovery. It maximizes your ability to participate in therapy and recover as quickly as possible, while reducing the risk of complications.

Post-surgical nutrition

Nausea and loss of appetite are commonly experienced after surgery. These symptoms typically pass a few days after the operation, but it is important to continue eating nutritious foods during this part of the recovery. You can increase the chances of having a successful recovery by optimizing your diet: mainly by focusing on whole foods, unprocessed fresh fruits and vegetables.

In case of diet after stomach or intestinal surgery you need to follow a soft, easy-to-digest diet for the first week. It is very important to avoid overloading your stomach. The ideal diet is a regular diet with frequent small meals and reduced simple sugars.

A lot of energy is needed for fracture healing, but you can successfully stimulate bone repair with appropriate diet. A diet rich in minerals and vitamins, obtained from fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds has been shown to conserve bone-building minerals and proteins. It also helps increase growth hormones and factors that are crucial to repairing fractures and forming new bone.

Heal with us

Following surgery our team at Physio Medicine will work together with you to develop a personalized treatment plan, and they will guide you through your rehabilitation including specific exercises in our on-site trainings and a home based exercise program. Throughout every phase of care, these specialists will closely monitor your progress, adjust your therapy as needed, and arm you with the tools and education you need to find lasting success.Join one of our post-operative rehab programmes and let us help you get you back to being as good, if not better than you were before your injury.