Pre & Post Surgery

Waiting for a surgery may be an anxious time, and often we feel like everything is on hold until we get that surgery done. However, there is an extensive body of research that suggests that engaging in a rehabilitation programme prior to your surgery can help you to improve physical function, ability to manage pain and overall your overall health and wellbeing status prior to surgery. Studies also show that participants in pre-surgical rehabilitation programmes achieve better long term outcomes following surgery.

Proactive runs a range of pre-surgical rehabilitation programmes, that can be tailored to meet your individual needs. This programme can be delivered face to face or via Telehealth. It is delivered by musculoskeletal physiotherapists, who are able to engage with your surgeon to ensure that we are meeting your specific injury needs. ACC Funding is available if your injury is covered by ACC.

Pre-Surgical Rehabilitation Services

During this programme, you can expect a tailored programme of care that includes

  • An exercise rehabilitation programme that will help you to improve your strength, flexibility and overall fitness
  • Nutritional advice designed to help support optimal recovery
  • Strategies to help you to manage pain and cope with any anxiety relating to your pending surgery
  • Strategies to help you to improve your sleep
  • Access to medical specialists to help you to manage your medication
  • Access to the clinical experts to help you with the things that you need in order to get you through for your specific situation, including Clinical Psychologists, Exercise Physiologists, Musculoskeletal and Neuro Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Physicians.

Post-Surgical Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation

Proactive’s post-surgical physiotherapy and rehabilitation services are designed to guide you through the recovery process, helping you to heal and safely rebuild the mobility, strength and endurance that you will need to make the most out of your surgery and prevent that “half recovery” that can happen when we don’t rebuild. 

For many injuries or illnesses, surgical intervention is required to ensure a full recovery, or recovery to the maximum extent possible. For injuries, this often involves the repair or replacement of damaged structures (such as tendons or ligaments), or debridement (cleaning up) of tissue that may be causing pain or mobility issues.  

More and more research however is showing that surgery alone is not enough to maximise your recovery. Many surgeries require a period of recovery, healing, and rehabilitation to ensure that our body repairs and adapts to the surgery, and that we can return to daily life, work and play in the safest and most complete way possible. 

Following surgery and a physiotherapy assessment, your physiotherapist will engage with your surgeon to help formulate a plan. This plan will involve a period of protection to ensure that the area that underwent the surgery heals and be followed by progressive exercise to regain strength, range of movement and balance or proprioception and return to normal activity as your body adapts. We can help you to understand how different lifestyle factors (such as your diet, sleep, activity) can help you to recover faster and more completely, providing you with a full programme that takes you from the healing phase to achieving your full recovery goals. 

Proactive provides inpatient physiotherapy within Wakefield and Bowen Hospitals in Wellington and community, home or clinic based post-surgical physiotherapy and rehabilitation throughout NZ. 

If you are under ACC, we also hold nationwide ACC contracts that allow you to access the necessary support for rehabilitation, returning to work, equipment, and more.

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