Prehabilitation, or “prehab”, focuses on using tailored exercise (and other methods) before surgery to improve our outcomes after surgery. Most people are aware that they have to do rehabilitation after surgery, but doing “prehab” can help you to bounce back quicker!
The body as a whole needs to be kept active so it's important not to just lie on the couch for weeks and weeks while waiting for an operation. Pain is also often reduced by specific and general exercise. This is where an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) comes into use. The AEP has experience in or can work out the appropriate activities and tailored exercises to suit individual needs. The AEP will also help people prepare mentally for the period prior to procedure and the rehabilitation after.
The affected limb, say an arthritic knee, can be still exercised with modifications and the right equipment. However, the main benefits will be in keeping cardiovascular fitness and overall muscular strength and endurance from declining. It may even improved from baseline levels.
Effectively, by doing safe prehabilitation under guidance, the operation candidate is boosting their chance of a very good outcome.
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