What about Pre & Post surgical Care?

What about Pre and Post surgery?

Seriously, don't come to see us for care after surgery until 10 days have passed and your external wounds are pretty solidly healed. Of course we are not going to throw you about post surgery; we will be appropriately gentle and specific with our care.

After surgery you need to eat well - a daily pho won't go astray - and rest. Really rest and as far as exercise goes, do what you can, but don't push it. The physical integrity of your body has been breached by the scalpel and it needs to regain that integrity with the miracle of solid healing.

But if you have had surgery, for example, a hip replacement, knee replacement, breast reduction or enhancement, fracture reduction, even keyhole surgery, we can help to normalise the strains caused by the surgery and the lengthy positioning of the operating theatre. That can help your recovery to full spirits and mobility.

Hip surgery is fantastic. It takes away pain you didn't even know you had. However, in getting access to your hip joint, the surgery causes a massive strain upon the pelvis, the deep abdominal muscles, especially the psoas, and the short adductor brevis muscles of the inner thigh. This strains the pubic joint and therefore the lower back and other pelvic joints.

Knees are particularly complex tricky joints, and the surgery can require a long recovery. Yes, the muscles may be weak, and your hospital physio may suggest quad strengthening exercises, but we would suggest first that you have intelligent, directed massage, stretching and mobilisation of all the related muscles and joints so the strain and contractures cause by the operation are reduced. After all, the knee is simply the meeting place of the lower leg bones, which end at the ankle joint with the thighbone, which starts at the hip joint. So the ankle and the hip will be adversly affected by knee surgery. They need attention. Again, its not a matter of weakness, its a matter of muscle spasm and contraction.

Then you can exercise, and you'll feel like you want to exercise!

All surgery is invasive and so causes contraction. Our job at CSO is to reduce that contraction so you get a great result from your surgery.