Your rehabilitation program will begin once you are medically stable and there are orders from your doctor to begin postoperative mobility. Everyone will begin rehabilitation within 24 hours of surgery.
It is critical to understand that motivation and participation in your physical therapy program is a vital element in the success of your surgery and your overall recovery. It is imperative that you play an active role in your recovery and rehabilitation from the start!
The physical therapist will assist you in the following activities:
Your therapist will assist you in sitting up with your feet over the bedside with feet resting on the floor. You will then stand with the use of a walker and the continued help of your therapist.
As the days progress, you will increase the distance and frequency of walking. Most patients progress to a straight cane, walker or crutches within a couple of days after surgery.
Before leaving the Hospital, you will be instructed in a home exercise program.
Your participation in a physical therapy program is essential to the success of your surgery. The more committed and enthusiastic you are, the quicker your improvement will be.