Your surgeon will call on you on the very evening after the surgery and will give you the necessary advice and information regarding your recovery.
Suffering from pains after a surgery is a normal process. The postoperative analgesic treatment should make it bearable. Otherwise, let the nursing staff know to have your treatment suited to your needs.
Your wound must stay clean and dry until complete healing. It means you must cover your scar with plastic bags or else when you take a shower.
The aim of post-operative rehabilitation is to mobilize the joints and recover muscle mass after the operation.
Various arthromotor appliances are used to mobilise the knee, the shoulder, the elbow and even the ankle. Through gentle, regular and painless exercises, they restore normal joint mobility. Each session on the machine lasts about an hour. Electrostimulation techniques to help fight muscle atrophy are coupled with manual exercises to recover muscle mass and normal function.
The aim of proprioceptive exercises is to restore feeling in the joint and muscle reaction to external stresses. Exercises include trampolining, skipping…
All these activities are adapted to the type of surgery you had, but also your age and your physical fitness.
The final objective of the rehabilitation is to recover normal joint function and resume normal daily life.
The triple objective of physical and sports rehabilitation is:
To maintain the physical condition of athletes whilst the injury is being treated,
To prepare for a return to your sports activity after the simple rehabilitation phase,
And for the less sporty, to restore your health after replacement surgery.
The lack of training rapidly exerts its detrimental effects on athletes condemned to rest. Within a few days, they lose muscle mass, reduce their heart capacity and put on fat. Once the lesion has healed, it takes longer to return to their original level.
The sessions help preserve muscle mass and keep your figure. Far from being detrimental to your healing, gradual and controlled stress on the injured area helps channel the healing of your damaged tissue.
Cycling, rowing machine, cross trainer, running machine and other fitness machines will little by little help you progress. The judicious use of these machines will dissociate cardiovascular training and the mechanical constraints.
The older and less sporty will also find, with good support, all the means of keeping fit according to the type of surgery.