Promote Healing After Surgery

Post-surgery rehab is an essential component of healing after surgery. Failing to undergo sufficient treatment, exercise, and care after an operation can leave patients prone to infection. Other complications can also arise if inadequate care is taken to rehabilitate the patient.

But, some may wonder, just what are the appropriate steps to take shortly after surgery? What is the best way to care for someone who’s just undergone surgery? Continue reading below to find out what you can do to help you or your loved one heal.


The first bit of advice is simple. Move! Prolonged inactivity can encourage the development of serious complications. Pneumonia, deep vein thrombosis, and even constipation can result from insufficient movement. Simple movements, like walking or physical therapy can help prevent all of these things in patients trying to heal after surgery.

Man getting physical therapy for better healing after surgery

Now, one should be careful not to overdo it. Strenuous exercise is likely unwise. The patient’s body is still recuperating and excessive exercise could exacerbate surgical trauma.

But unless your doctor says otherwise, light exercise, especially walking, is usually an excellent option. It can help alleviate and prevent common complications of surgery.

Good incision care for healing after surgery

The reality is that surgery does a number on the body. Good wound and incision care are necessary because they reduce complications and speed recovery.

Consistent disinfection of the area, taking care not to cough or sneeze near the incision, and regular handwashing are all essential. These practices can help prevent infection.

Diabetic healing after surgery

The above comments about incision care go double for diabetics because people with diabetes are especially prone to infection. A number of diabetic symptoms can cause an increased risk of infection. Reduced blood flow to extremities and high blood sugar levels can cause an area to infect more easily.

People with diabetes should be careful to keep their incision clear of sources of infection.

Rehabilitation therapies

Rehab therapies can help improve patient outcomes. There are a wide variety of different rehabilitation therapies that can be very effective for healing after surgery. Depending on the nature of their surgery and condition, different patients will receive different therapies. Patients can receive infusions, restorative therapy, and even emotional support.

While physical therapies differ between patients, they are all aimed at improving the patient’s outcomes and quality of life.

How long after surgery should physical therapy be started?

The answer to this question depends on the individual patient. Patient in otherwise good physical and mental condition, who experience minor surgery, can usually start quickly. Patients in poor condition who have major surgery will likely want to wait longer before starting physical therapy.

Patients, and their loved ones, should consult closely with their doctors and other healthcare providers before beginning physical therapy. While it can be very beneficial, starting too early could have negative consequences. Therefore, properly timing the beginning of physical therapy is of utmost importance.

Fairview Rehab and Nursing Home

Fairview Rehab and Nursing Home in Queens NY provides stellar care to adults and seniors who are healing after surgery. Our physical and occupational therapies are second-to-none and we treat you and your loved ones with the utmost care. Visit or call us today to find out how we can help you or that special person in your life.

This article contains informational and educational materials and does not replace health or medical advice. For questions or concerns regarding your medical condition or health objectives, speak to a qualified physician or healthcare provider.