Postoperative Rehabilitation

“All patients with post-surgical conditions need rehabilitation to regain functions and avoid the stiffness of joints and muscles.”

Postoperative Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is a post-surgical program for re-establishing joint motion and muscle strength around the joint to bring back  joint functionality. It is important to understand that rehabilitation can be a long process. While surgery is performed within hours, rehabilitation needs time to return body tissue to full function. The process of rehabilitation is a progressive process, safely increasing workloads and stimuli on the repaired joint, tendon and muscle during the recovery process.

Surgery Requiring Rehabilitation

Common operations requiring Postoperative rehabilitation


Shoulder Reconstruction, Shoulder Stabilisation, Rotator Cuff repair, Acromioplasty, Manipulation, Capsulotomy, Fracture    


Tennis Elbow Release, Golfers Elbow Release, Fracture

Wrist & Hand

Carpal Tunnel Release, Fracture, Tendon Repairs


Hip Replacements/Resurfacing, Hip labral repairs, Hip Arthroscopy, Fracture


Knee Replacements, ACL and Ligament Reconstruction, Arthroscopy, Meniscal Repairs, Chondroplasty, Lateral Release, Patella Tendon Transfer, Fracture


Achilles Tendon Repairs, Fasciotomy

Ankle and Foot

Ankle Reconstruction, Ligament Repairs, Arthroscopy, Fracture, Spur Removal, Bunionectomy

Spine (Neck & Back)

Discectomy, Micro-discectomy, Laminectomy, Spinal Fusion/Stabilisation

Duration of Rehabilitation to Restore Function

The extent of postoperative recovery depends on several factors  including the stage of the disease, the type and length of operation and the age of the patient. The process of recovery can take from a few weeks to many months for full recovery.