Pre-Amputation Physio

Prehabilitation: The Importance of Physiotherapy Before Elective Amputation Surgery

About Pre-Amputation Physio

At TraumaPhysio, we specialise in providing physiotherapy support to individuals following complex upper and lower limb injuries. We know that following some injuries the decision may be made to electively amputate a limb, sometimes many years after the initial injury.

Our goal is to support our clients throughout their entire journey and physiotherapy prior to surgery is the first step in rehabilitation. Whilst it may seem counterintuitive to undergo physiotherapy before amputation surgery, there are numerous benefits for both the physical and psychological well-being of the client.

Physical Benefits

Working with one of our specialist physiotherapists we aim to optimise muscle strength, flexibility, overall physical conditioning, and functional ability prior to any surgery. This is particularly important for individuals who may have experienced limited mobility of physical limitations following their injuries as they are likely to be physically deconditioned.

By participating in a prehabilitation programme, individuals can expect:

• Improved muscle strength: Optimising the strength of the muscles surrounding the injured area can help reduce pain and improve overall function. Improved strength will usually lead to quicker physical recovery post-surgery.

• Increased flexibility: Stretching exercises can help improve range of motion whilst also improving general flexibility, a component of health often impacted by reduced mobility/physical ability.

• Better cardiovascular health: Conditioning exercises can help optimise cardiovascular fitness, important for improving general fitness and aiding recovery.

• Improved functional ability post amputation surgery: Practice of transfer techniques, wheelchair mobility and activities of daily living ahead of surgery can help patient to manage these tasks quicker post-surgery.

    Psychological Benefits

    In addition to the physical benefits, rehabilitation prior to amputation surgery can also have a positive impact on an individual’s psychological well-being. By working with one of our specialist physiotherapists before elective amputation surgery, individuals can:

    • Feel more in control: Our Physiotherapists will empower the individual to take an active role in their recovery, which can increase feelings of control.

    • Reduce anxiety: The unknowns that come with surgery can cause anxiety and stress. By participating in physiotherapy prior to surgery, individuals can better prepare themselves mentally for the upcoming surgery.

    • Build a support network: Working with one of our specialist physiotherapists can provide individuals with a sense of support and guidance during a challenging time.

    At TraumaPhysio, we believe that prehabilitation plays a key role in the overall success of elective amputation surgery. By preparing the body and mind beforehand, individuals can experience improved physical and psychological outcomes post-surgery. Our team is dedicated to providing personalised rehabilitation plans to help our clients achieve the best possible results.

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