Surgery Coming Up? Recover ASAP and Get Back to Normal Life with Pre-Hab

September 15th, 2021
Surgery Coming Up? Get Back to Normal Life with Pre-Hab

You Can Do A Lot for Yourself by Participating in PT Both Before and After Surgery!

Surgery can be very painful and traumatic for the body to go through, so it’s typically only performed when there are simply no other choices available. If surgery is in the immediate future, you might have already addressed a post-operative physiotherapy appointment with your doctor.

It is incredibly normal (and highly recommended!) to see a physiotherapist during rehabilitation. Without the aid of a physiotherapist, it can be impossible to get back up and move on your own. It also may be beneficial to see one prior to your surgery as well!

This is referred to as pre-habilitation” or “pre-hab.” Pre-hab is a method of consulting with your physiotherapist to brace your body for your upcoming surgery. Pre-hab with a physiotherapist has been shown to minimize recovery time and improve the overall quality and result of the surgery. It’s extremely important, and definitely something everybody can take advantage of!

Contact our office today to talk to a physiotherapist about pre-hab and how it can benefit you before your operation.

What can I expect with a pre-hab plan?

Anyone who has undergone surgery before may relate to the fact that the anticipation of the surgery can leave you feeling very nervous. However, pre-hab services may be able to put your worries to rest.

A pre-surgical recovery program can help not only to be physically prepared, but also to be psychologically prepared for your imminent operation. This is a win-win scenario.

Our office will make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists for you. From there, your physiotherapist will do a complete evaluation of your condition, review your medical history, and provide you with an activity plan to make sure you are successful before and after your surgery.

How will pre-hab benefit me?

Pre-hab is a pretty straight forward concept to grasp, but has it been proven successful? The answer is: absolutely!

You can also get out of the hospital following surgery much quicker if you have a few pre-hab sessions. A perfect example of this is seen in patients who have had knee replacement surgery. Patients who had already completed a physiotherapy pre-hab program were able to meet the required discharge criteria much faster than patients who had opted out of pre-hab.

Typically, knee replacement patients may be released after walking a certain distance and ascending several sets of stairs. Patients who met with a physiotherapist prior to surgery may be able to fulfill these criteria much more easily than those who elect not to.

Rehab vs. pre-hab: defined

Pre-habilitation, defined

Pre-hab can help you get a jump start on your recovery process with the help of a licensed physiotherapist. It can also make your surgery more successful! Pre-hab therapy is designed to strengthen your body before your surgery. It also decreases discomfort and inflammation, so your surgeon will have an easier time completing your operation.

Think of pre-hab as an opportunity to “stock up” on your health for later. Even just having a few sessions with your therapist can set you up for better success after your surgery, so that when you’re out of the game for a while after all is said and done, you’ll have more strength to draw on.

Rehabilitation, defined

When you have surgery, it’s expected you’ll feel discomfort and pain afterwards. This pain can make you avoid moving in certain ways. You might also have to limit how much you’re moving for a while as well to make sure you’re healing properly.

However, not moving often can cause serious problems over the long-term. Your body will experience inflammation and adhesions. You absolutely must move to some degree to prevent these undesirable issues.

There should be no attempts at avoiding rehab after surgery. A physiotherapist may be able to help you learn how to move safely to keep adhesions from forming and combat inflammation. Physiotherapy also improves your strength, so you can return to your normal life quicker.

Get started today!

Please contact Ottawa Health Group today to learn more about your pre-hab choices. We’re here to make sure your surgery and recovery time is as quick and comfortable as possible.


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