Post-op treatment

As we get older so do our joints, most commonly our hips and our knees. You may have elected to have a knee replacement or a hip replacement or you may have needed surgery following a fall, broken bones or wear and tear.

Once discharged from hospital, it can be several weeks before an NHS physiotherapist can visit you. We’ve seen that in most cases this can be too long to wait before beginning treatment. You may become less active during this waiting period for fear of hurting yourself again, leading to pressure sores or chest infection if you have been unable to move from your bed or a chair over time. Your mobility and confidence can be affected.

Help is at hand

At Fairhand Visiting Physiotherapists, we set realistic expectations and your safety is our first priority so we will never push you past your current recovery stage until you are safe and ready. Recovery from surgery has its own time frame but that doesn’t mean measures cannot be made to keep supporting the process.

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Your Fairhand physio will:

  • Get you doing exercises that can build strength and improve your mobility, keeping you active for longer
  • Teach you the correct movements so that you heal safely and do not overcompensate which can lead to limping
  • Get you the best mobility equipment suited to your individual needs
  • Listen to what’s important to you and what you want to be able to achieve, such as returning to your favourite hobbies or driving
  • Give you practical advice including the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of recovery


The information provided on our website is for guidance purposes only and should not be treated as medical advice or professional diagnosis. If you think you may be suffering from a medical condition you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Case study

Name Mrs L
Age 81
Location Caterham

Mrs L was discharged from hospital following a right, total mastectomy. We were contacted by her worried daughters who were concerned that their mum was not following her post-op care advice and seemed to avoid the subject when raised.

When we met Mrs L her right arm was very swollen and carrying out daily activities was painful for her, this was because she had avoided using it after the surgery.

Her family were pleased when Mrs L opened up to us about her concerns. Fairhand liaised with her hospital’s post-op team and introduced a managed and agreed routine of exercises.

With dedicated physiotherapy treatment, technique training and fantastic support from her family, Mrs L recovered from her surgery and once again feels positive about her future.


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