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Post-operative care and rehabilitation

The success of your surgery depends on the skill of the surgeon in the operating theatre, as well as your post-operative care. After you are discharged from hospital it is important to optimise the outcome of your surgery by completing the simple exercises provided, which may include some early strengthening or range of motion exercises. It is also advisable to visit your physiotherapist for re-assessment and to check your progress.
The quickest, safest and easiest way to return to normal function is by consulting a physiotherapist experienced in post-operative rehabilitation. Our physiotherapists at PhysioFit Berwick can design exercise programs that are unique to individual situations and circumstances so that you have the best chance of fully regaining your strength, flexibility and function. We will also liaise with your surgeon to find out whether there are any specific requirements following on from your surgery.

Important Things to Know

If you have been a surgical patient, it is beneficial to inform your surgeon that you would like to return for post-operative care at PhysioFit Berwick.
Post-operative or post-surgical rehabilitation programs are recommended to strengthen the muscles at and around the injured site, relieve pain, improve mobility, and restore normal function rapidly and effectively. The common basic rehabilitation procedures include:

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Use of crutches, braces or tubigrip to prevent movement of injured site
  • Physiotherapy
Common Surgeries Requiring Post-Operative Care
Body Region Type of Surgery
Shoulder Shoulder Reconstruction, Shoulder Stabilisation, Rotator Cuff Repair, Acromioplasty, Manipulation, Capsulotomy, Fracture
Elbow Tennis Elbow Release, Golfers Elbow Release, Fracture
Wrist & Hand Carpal Tunnel Release, Fracture, Tendon Repairs
Hip Hip Replacements/Resurfacing, Hip labral repairs, Hip Arthroscope, Fracture
Knee Knee Replacements, ACL and Ligament Reconstruction, Arthroscope, Meniscal Repairs, Chondroplasty, Lateral Release, Patella Tendon Transfer, Fracture
Calf Achilles Tendon Repairs, Fasciotomy
Ankle & Foot Ankle Reconstruction, Ligament Repairs, Arthroscope, Fracture, Spur Removal, Bunionectomy
Spine (Neck & Back) Discectomy, Micro-discectomy, Laminectomy, Spinal Fusion/Stabilisation