Post Surgical Rehabilitation

What Happens After Surgery?

No matter what the orthopedic surgery, we can make a customised program to get your pet back the quality of life they deserve.

The human body constantly adapts to the surrounding environment that they are exposed to. An example of this is when we exercise – If you lift heavy weights you get stronger muscles, if you run long distances you improve your endurance and if you eat better you’ll lose weight. Of course, the opposite also happens: if you eat too much junk food you get fat and if you don’t exercise you get weak and unfit. Our pets bodies work in exactly the same way.

What this means is that following surgery, your pets body now needs to adapt to a new environment. Perhaps it’s a new joint, maybe it’s regaining use of a limb that hasn’t been used properly in a long time, or it might even be that a limb is amputated. Whatever it is, things will be moving differently to before the surgery. Once a ligament has been repaired, a joint replaced, or a disc trimmed or removed our body needs to learn how to adapt around it. The body will protect it, strengthen it, and eventually let it become the new normal. This is where post-surgical rehabilitation comes in – to allow this adaptation process to happen faster, and with a more complete result.

Treatments we use

We use a combination of treatment methods to ensure your best friend has the best shot at a full recovery: laser, hydrotherapy, gait analysis, rehabilitation exercises and home exercises. We will work in conjunction with your veterinarian and their recommendations to get the best results for your pet in less time.

Typically surgery only happens in quite severe circumstances, so the postoperative rehabilitation care is certainly just as important to ensure the surgery is given the best opportunity to be successful.

Is There Anything Else I Can Do To Help My Pet Recover From Surgery?

If you are extremely proactive, there is also ‘prehab’. Prehab is essentially rehabilitation that can be done before the surgery. This makes the surrounding tissues near the surgical site nice and strong with the intention of speeding up the recovery.

This may not be suited to all pets however, so we would recommend speaking to us first before starting a prehab plan

Post surgical rehabilitation FAQ’s

We use a combination of treatment methods to ensure your best friend has the best shot at a full recovery: laserhydrotherapy, gait analysis, rehabilitation exercises and home exercises. We will work in conjunction with your veterinarian and their recommendations to get the best results for your pet in less time.

Typically surgery only happens in quite severe circumstances, so the postoperative rehabilitation care is certainly just as important to ensure the surgery is given the best opportunity to be successful.

This will vary depending on the type of injury, surgical procedure, age of animal and owners commitment to the recommended rehabilitation program. Most of the time post-operative care involves 4 phases that progress over time.

  1. Inflammation.  0-4 weeks
  2. Repair: 5-8 weeks
  3. Remodelling 9-12 weeks
  4. Strengthening 13-24 weeks