Headed to surgery? ‘Prehabilitation’ cuts down recovery time and saves money!!

When the elderly has made the decision to undergo an orthopedic/cardiac/onco or such similar surgery, it is important to have a preoperative session with the physiotherapist. Prehabilitation is the process of enhancing functional capacity of the individual before an operation to enable him or her to withstand the stress of surgery & in their speedy recovery. It has been shown that poor baseline physical performance capacity (muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, awareness in the posture of body and movement, joint mobility etc) increase the risk of complications after surgery and prolonged recovery. One would therefore assume that by preparing the patients before surgery and optimizing their functional and metabolic reserve, they would have better chance to withstand the surgical stress.

Objectives of Prehabilitation:

  • Prepare & increase the aerobic capacity, muscle & core strengths
  • Increase in better outcome of the surgery
  • Accelerate recovery process
  • Reduce post recovery rehab time (& money)
  • Be prepared to confidently face the surgery & post-operative scenario

What happens in a Prehabilitation?

  • Relevant assessments including understanding of the history, planned procedure etc
  • Tailored & specific exercises sequence
  • Counselling

Examples:

  • If a spinal surgery is being planned, the physiotherapist will train you to log roll & get in and out of the bed with ease something which when you have practiced and familiarize yourself with the technique, will help greatly after the operation.
  • If you are familiarised on to walk with crutches or with a walking frame before the surgery, you will be at ease post-surgery to walk with these aids.

If you wish to discuss a particular case or have a question in this regard, please call Dr Vijayanand or Dr Shruti at +91 99800 67000 or +91 80 2258 6700 or drop a note to her at hello@kiteshealth.com. We will be happy to help!