Benefits of exercising post surgery
Research has confirmed that post surgery exercise can enhance recovery and reduce the risk of complications. While resting is also important and may hold more appeal, in most cases exercises should be started as soon as possible to maximise the potential benefits.
The range of benefits vary depending on the type of surgery but research has shown these include:
- Fewer side-effects such as chest infections
- Reduced risk of blood clots
- Earlier discharge from hospital and reduced readmission
- Increased cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and muscle strength
- Enhanced mental wellbeing
- Improved survival rates in after cancer therapies
These benefits can be enhanced by engaging in appropriate pre-operative exercises which your doctor or physiotherapist can advise on.
In addition, for joint surgery such as knee or hip replacement guided physical therapy can have long-term benefits such as:
- Easing pain and swelling
- Restoring normal movement to the joint
- Building up strength in the joint and surrounding muscles