What can I expect when starting Pre-surgical Rehabilitation Exercises?
During the initial prehab session, a thorough assessment is done which helps determine the specific needs of the patient. The latter session includes an exercise program for about 6 weeks prior to surgery, starting with basic exercises that gradually become more advanced.
Typically, patients will be taken through a series of exercises that will target key muscle groups needed to perform daily activities during the immediate post-surgical period. Included are active and passive range-of-motion exercises, concentric movements, and isometrics. The program is tailored to the pre-existing medical conditions of the patient.
Physically-fit individuals are encouraged to increase their frequency of exercises prior to surgery.
For the best outcome, you should avoid smoking or consuming alcohol, eat a healthy diet, take the medications prescribed by your doctor, and stay active.