There are many ways in which you can prepare for an upcoming surgery that will help to make your recovery easier and shorter. Many doctors and wellness professionals are starting to understand the value of “pre-hab” in creating a smooth and seamless transition through a difficult procedure. Muscles, joints and bones that are in optimum condition will have a much better chance of healing quickly after surgery, with fewer complications. In other words, the stronger you are pre-op, the better off you will be post-op.
You will need to start your presurgical exercise regime at least six weeks prior to your surgery date. This will give your body time to adequately prepare. Begin slowly, as you don’t want to create undue stress, inflammation or aggravation for the body. Gentle exercise such as yoga and water conditioning can be invaluable for your journey. Both are very relaxing too, so you will find yourself less frazzled as the day of surgery approaches.
Before surgery, a consultation with a trainer can determine your joint and muscle strength, your ability to accomplish everyday tasks such as climbing stairs and getting in and out of the car, and the amount of assistance you may need from other people. Depending on your procedure, PERK will work closely with your trainer to design a pre-hab program that is right for your needs and goals.
How soon you can return to exercising after surgery depends greatly on your specific procedure. Rest assured, during your confidential consultation with Dr. Lee in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, you will receive more detailed and specific instructions on preoperative and postoperative exercise that are geared to your unique procedure and personal needs.
Please check back on this page for exercises that are great for individual procedures designed by Dr. Lee and Brazilian trainer Rafa Veloso.