Depending on the type of operation and the length of post-operative immobilisation required, there will always be a certain level of swelling, pain, reduced range of movement and muscle wasting following surgery. In cases where there has been a long waiting prior to surgery and no pre-operative rehabilitation restrictions in range of movement and muscle wasting will be even more pronounced.
The time to recovery following surgery will depend on a number of factors, although age and pre-operative conditioning levels are important indicators, the type of surgery can have a massive influence too. For example an ACL reconstruction patient will take at least 9 months to fully rehabilitate back to full function versus a minor arthroscopy to repair knee cartilage which usually sees a return to normal function within 6-8 weeks.
At Portobello Physiotherapy our Chartered Physiotherapists are experienced in post-operative care and work in accordance with orthopaedic guidelines in assisting patients return to full function and strength.