Post Operative Physiotherapy

After an operation you will need to recover your strength and function.   This is the job of Physiotherpy.

The success of your surgery depending on your Rehabilitation and Prehabilitation (exercising to get ready for the operation).

In hospital you should be provided with exercises to minimise complications such as chest infection or DVT’s.

You should also be given some early strengthening or range of motion exercises. Once you are discharged from hospital you will need to consult your Physiotherapist for assessment and treatment.   Treatment depends on the type of surgery performed and the surgeons exact wishes.   Your Physiotherapist will be familiar with your operation to guide you successfully through your recovery process.

At AHCN, we will happily discuss and assist you in your post-operative care. We are familiar with the treatment protocols prescribed by most Orthopapedic Surgeons. We will liase with your surgeon to determine any specific requirements based on your individual surgery.

Common Surgeries Requiring Post-Operative Care


Shoulder Reconstruction, Shoulder Stabilisation, Rotator Cuff Repair, Acromioplasty, Manipulation, Capsulotomy, Fracture


Tennis Elbow Release, Golfers Elbow Release, Fracture

Wrist & Hand

Carpal Tunnel Release, Fracture, Tendon Repairs


Hip Replacements/Resurfacing, Hip labral repairs, Hip Arthroscope, Fracture


Knee Replacements, ACL and Ligament Reconstruction, Arthroscope, Meniscal Repairs, Chondroplasty, Lateral Release, Patella Tendon Transfer, Fracture


Achilles Tendon Repairs, Fasciotomy

Ankle & Foot

Ankle Reconstruction, Ligment Repairs, Arthroscope, Fracture, Spur Removal, Bunionectomy

Spine (Neck & Back)

Discectomy, Micro-discectomy, Laminectomy, Spinal Fusion/Stabilisation

If you have been a surgical patient, it is not necessary to obtain a referral from your specialist to recieve post-operative physiotherapy. However, it is always beneficial to inform your surgeon that you would like to get started with Physiotherapy.

We suggest you can make an appointment 6-8 weeks prior to your operation to allow your body to make significant strength gains, learn about your condition and perfect your technique of the exercises you will be doing immediately after surgery. Making an appointment after the operation is especially important if you believe you are not making satisfactory progress in your recovery, or if your mobility is compromised.