Questions About Rehabilitation After Surgery: The Answers You Need

Monday, May 13th, 2019
questions about rehabilitation therapy after surgery

When you have been released from the hospital after surgery, you may need to consider rehabilitation therapy. This is usually prescribed by the doctor. If you are in this situation, you are likely to have many questions. Here are some of the most common questions and some answers that may help you feel more comfortable with rehab therapy after surgery.

What happens at a post-surgery therapy session?

Each outpatient therapy center has its own way of helping those who need rehabilitation after surgery. Your first appointment with them will likely be to evaluate your unique situation and develop a treatment plan. This will also be the time to ask as many questions as possible.

If you and your doctor decide that inpatient therapy is best for you, your caseworker will help you transfer to the inpatient rehabilitation facility you choose.

Once treatment begins, you will go through scheduled sessions that may include physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. The therapists that you work with will track your progress and make changes as needed.

How often do I need rehabilitation therapy?

Your doctor’s advice and your individual needs will determine how often you need to attend therapy sessions. You can typically expect two to five days a week depending on the type of therapy you need. Outpatient rehab allows you to stay at home, while inpatient therapy means you will stay at the facility.

Inpatient care may be a great option so that, along with rehab therapy, you have access to skilled nursing, meals, a room, activities and other amenities.

What kind of rehabilitation do I need after surgery?

Post-surgery rehab consists of a combination of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Your rehabilitation therapists will consider your unique situation and type of surgery when developing your treatment plan. You may need one or all three types of therapy. Your rehab team will work together to make sure you are getting the best care.

How do I prepare for my appointments?

  1. First, be sure to prepare any questions you have for the therapist. If you are nervous, it might be best to write them down or keep a list of them on your phone.
  2. Note your symptoms, pain location, and if you get relief when resting or lying down.
  3. Bring information about your medical history, a list of current medications and your insurance information. Giving the therapist a list of your healthcare providers is also a good idea.
  4. Consider bringing a family member to help you as needed.
  5. Finally, wear comfortable clothing and slip-resistant shoes so that you can engage in therapy activities.

Other questions to consider

  • You might want to talk to the physical therapist about your post-surgery pain levels and how they can be improved.
  • Find out what your therapist(s) expect from you, how long your treatment will last, and what the treatment will entail.
  • Ask about exercises you can do in addition to what you’re working on in your inpatient or outpatient therapy sessions.

Rehabilitation after surgery at Bivins Pointe in Amarillo, Texas

If you have any more questions about rehabilitation and recovery, contact Bivins Pointe. We have inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy at Bfit and a luxury neighborhood for long-term care, as well as volunteer opportunities and events. You can reach us at (806) 350-2200 or send us an email to learn more. If you would like to visit us in person, we are located at 6600 Killgore Dr. in Amarillo, Texas.