Post Operative Physiotherapy London

If you’re looking for someone to help you with pre or post-operative physiotherapy, and need a therapist to make the best possible recovery, then look no further!

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Just call my London team on
0207 175 0150 or use the form below and let me help you get better.

Just call my London team on
0207 175 0150 or use the form here.

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Why choose me for Pre- and Post-operative Physiotherapy?

If you’re considering having orthopaedic surgery – such as a hip replacement, a knee replacement, a ligament reconstruction or a bunionectomy – then don’t just look for a great surgeon, please also look for a great physio!  It doesn’t matter how fantastic the surgery is if you don’t use and reintegrate the operated joint really well afterwards, and that takes a physiotherapist with the skills to respond to your specific issues, and not just follow a surgical protocol.

I work with a lot of London’s top sports doctors and orthopaedic surgeons, who trust me to help their most complex patients make the best possible recovery – whatever that means to the individual.

To book an initial assessment simply call my team on 0207 175 0150

What can you expect from my physio assessment?

  • A discussion of your surgery, ensuring that we both understand what your surgeon has done to your body, how the surgery went and the outcome of any conversations I had with the surgeon about your tissue quality and its impact on your likely recovery.
  • Analysis of your current state: range of movement, weight bearing status, and any equipment you are using (muscle stim, braces, crutches, cryotherapy etc).
  • Goal setting and working with you to form a treatment plan, so that the path forward is clear.

What treatment techniques do I use?

  • Manual therapy (hands-on treatment) to clear any barriers to high quality, functional movement: swelling, muscle tension, joint stiffness etc.
  • “First-aid” initial exercise rehabilitation techniques to help reduce post-operative swelling, stiffness and pain.
  • Mid-stage exercise rehabilitation, working on proprioception, aligning and controlling the operated area, and motor patterning.
  • Later stage exercise rehabilitation, potentially incorporating input from other therapists, focusing more on strength, flexibility, endurance, and integrating the operated area back into the rest of your body so that you can move as normally as possible.
Pre and post operative physiotherapy assessments are 90 minutes

Follow-up sessions if required are usually an hour – it’s important to me to be very thorough, as I want to be the last physiotherapist you need.

Post operative physiotherapy or pre operative physiotherapy?

Where possible, I prefer to provide pre-operative physiotherapy as well as post-op. 

For me, the goal of pre-operative physiotherapy is twofold:

  • First, to prepare you for the surgery itself – to get your muscles strong, and your movement patterns as smooth and coordinated as possible. You will inevitably lose a certain amount of strength, flexibility and coordination during the initial post-operative period, so the more you have worked on this beforehand, the faster your recovery is likely to be.
  • Second, to familiarise you with the initial post-operative physio exercises. While it’s not always advisable to come straight into the physio clinic after surgery, we can of course work online or via a home visit, but the reason to teach you your post-op exercises before your op is so that your body remembers what it’s supposed to do, despite the grogginess often felt after undergoing a general anaesthetic.  Learning new things after an anaesthetic is harder than remembering things you knew before.

 

Of course this is not always going to be possible, especially if your surgery is unplanned and the result of trauma; but fortunately, many people who have trauma surgery do not have the prior issues of muscle weakness and joint stiffness that characterise patients who are undergoing elective surgery.

The current COVID-19 restrictions do not permit me to be physically present (though many surgeons are proving to be happy for me to join you in clinic via Zoom or FaceTime) but where possible, I also like to join you and your surgeon, both in clinic and in theatre.  There are many reasons I do this, which I have explored more fully in this blog post but essentially, the more information I have, the better job I can do for my patients.  And in turn, the effort I put into collaborating with my surgical colleagues plays a big part in why they trust me to look after their patients: my physiotherapy efforts optimise the results of their surgery.