Surgery is sometimes necessary to treat orthopedic alignments however it can take a big toll on the body. Therefore, your surgeon or physiotherapist will often recommend pre-habilitation. Pre-habilitation is proven by science and multiple studies to speed up recovery, reduce post-surgical pain and complications.

What is Pre-habilitation?

The lead up to surgery and post surgery can be a traumatic time, therefore pre-habilitation is recommended as a method of medical optimization which will make your body stronger, fitter and give you a better psychological outlook in order to maximize recovery and functionality post surgery.  Multiple studies have found that pre-habilitation performed correctly decreased recovery time and reduced rehabilitation by up to 73%.

Pre-habilitation often includes:

  • Education about the surgery and its recovery process; this can be  done by either the surgeon or the physiotherapist
  • Specific, targeted prescribed exercises to strengthen and improve flexibility of the particular part of the body that will undergo surgery
  • General cardiovascular exercise to improve overall physical health
  • Lifestyle modifications and advice to optimize recovery

Common surgeries that require Pre-habilitation:

  • ACL & MCL reconstruction
  • Meniscectomy & meniscal repair
  • Total knee replacement surgery
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Spinal surgery
  • Hand & wrist surgery

Is rehabilitation after surgery still required in conjunction with Pre-habilitation?

The answer is unequivocally yes.  Pre-habilitation and rehabilitation are both essential components of surgical care. They work together to reduce surgical complications and maximize recovery.

If you are undergoing surgery and need advice or would like to start a pre-habilitation program, feel free to call 052 608 5262.

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