…How to Recover Quickly from Elective Surgery Through Exercises…

According to the last data available from CDC (1996), there were more than 72 million surgical and non-surgical procedures performed on near 40 million patients. Surgery (emergency or elective) in general requires rehabilitation and one of the ways to ensure speedy recovery is through exercises to improve functioning in the medium and long terms.

Popular Elective Surgeries

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) revealed that there were 17.1 million surgical procedures performed in the US in 2016. To improve physical appearance and in some cases, physical function. Examples of surgery in this category according to a top Scottsdale plastic surgeon are breast augmentationmastectomy, lumpectomy (breast conservation), breast reconstruction and lymph node removal, also there is liposuction, facelifts and nose or eyelid surgery.

Another procedure that is commonly performed is refractive surgery to correct vision. For women, there are common surgeries that are deemed important from a medical viewpoint or through choice. These include hysterectomy and tubal ligation.

Recommended Exercises

For major plastic surgery cases such as breast reduction/lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction as well as eye laser procedure, there should be no physical activity at least 48 hours after treatment. Later, light cardio exercises may be initiated depending on the procedure undertaken and the fitness level of the patient.

Patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery are encouraged to get the arm and shoulder going again with specific exercises. The attending physician will usually refer you to a physical or occupational therapist or even a cancer exercise specialist who will design a bespoke program. Some of the exercises will involve raising affected arm and deep breathing.

Hip replacement patients are encouraged to begin exercises immediately or as soon as able to improve recovery. The types of exercise include ankle pumps (pushing foot up and down), ankle rotation, bed-supported knee bends, buttock contractions, abduction (sliding the leg as far out to the side), walking, stair climbing/descending and other advance exercises/activities. A physical therapist will also design and follow an exercise regimen for the patient to use.

Prepping yourself up before an elective surgery can also improve the outcome and post recovery. This means getting into shape whatever way you can or avoiding foods that are bad for you to assist in better healing.  Moreover, whatever types of exercises are undertaken after surgery, it is equally important to include good nutrition to recuperate faster.

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