Physiotherapy is an integral component in the
effective and cost-efficient management of patients following
surgery. Physiotherapists are trained in facilitating the patient's
physical recovery, reducing length of hospitalisation and maximising
the patient's functional ability and degree of independence.
Benefits of physiotherapy
skilled in the management of patients, post-surgery. They work with
medical practitioners and patients to:
Physiotherapists are trained in designing specific
treatment for the patient to avoid complications, particularly chest
infection, and facilitate recovery from anaesthetic and surgical
||Enable patients to recover from episodes of
hospital care as quickly and safely as possible.
||Optimise the results of surgical procedures.
||Prevent costly postoperative complications.
||Teach patients how to successfully manage their own
long-term recovery process.
||Facilitate safe, early discharge policies and
effective post-discharge care.
||Provide effective and cost-efficient health care
management based on the individual needs of the patient. |
Educating the patient is an important part of
physiotherapy management. Physiotherapists are trained to educate
patients about early restricted movement due to post-operative pain
and teach patients about soft tissue and bony healing. This vital
information is particularly important once the patient is discharged
because it helps them to safely and confidently increase movement
and exercise without sustaining damage to the healing structures.
To determine treatment
needs, physiotherapists assess the patient's physical function,
including pain, swelling, joint range of movement, muscle power,
muscle coordination, mobility status, balance, respiratory condition
and level of cardiovascular fitness.
methods to address all these parameters aiming to regain and improve
the patient's mobility. Patients are instructed in exercises for
hospital and home management and educated in the care of their
operated structure once they leave hospital.
Physiotherapists assess the patient's
respiratory function and cardiovascular fitness. They are skilled at
observation of discrepancies in balance, coordination, muscle
weakness and fatigue, work of breathing, and loss of range of
movement. Physiotherapy treatment is aimed at prevention of
post-operative pulmonary complications, DVT, loss of range of
movement and loss of cardiovascular fitness and mobility status.
Treatment techniques are aimed at increasing respiratory effort,
secretion removal, normalisation of breathing pattern, pain relief,
regaining range of movement, improving cardiovascular fitness,
posture correction, education in home management including breathing
and limb exercises, cardiovascular fitness, limiting restrictions
due to medical procedure and secondary prevention.
Would you like
the names of physiotherapists who have a special interest in
Postoperative Management? This falls under the several
categories such as orthopaedics,
cardiothoracic. Call us on (03) 9527 7532 or contact us here.