The Post-Op Lower Limb Class aims to support patients after non-complex lower limb surgeries with their rehabilitation. It aims to help with recovery post-operatively to get your joint movement, muscle power, flexibility and balance back. We want to support you to achieve your goals within the expected timeframe following surgery. You have been referred to our service by your consultant who has recommended post-operative rehabilitation as part of your recovery.
What to expect
This is a physical, progressive exercise rehabilitation group. It will consist of up to 8 people, from varying non-complex lower limb surgeries. You will be assessed in your first class by a senior physiotherapist who will follow a post-operative checklist and discuss your protocol as advised by your consultant. You will be monitored and guided through the exercises and with time you will become familiar and more confident. We would like you to attend 4 sessions spread out over 8 weeks and it is important to practice these exercises at home in between sessions and once your treatment has finished.
What will I need?
If you have been given a post-operative protocol from the consultant or inpatient physiotherapist, please complete the included exercises daily as described. It is important this is completed each day to make progress with your recovery.
We have included low-level exercises below to assist with your recovery whilst waiting for your class to start and in between classes. Complete them as your joint allows, it may feel tiring but should not significantly exacerbate your pain.
Sit upright on a stool so that your hips are higher than your knees.
Your legs should be hip width apart.
Step your feet backwards, so they are directly under your knees.
Fold your arms so that they are not used to push yourself up.
Lean your body forwards, and push through your legs to stand up straight.
Ensure you fully straighten your hips once you are standing.
Sit on a chair.
Stretch one leg out and keep it in that position for the required duration.
Return your leg to the starting position and then repeat with your other leg.
Hold on to a solid object with your legs hips width apart.
Keeping your knees straight, rise up on to your toes, and control the movement as you lower back down.
Stand up straight facing a wall or supporting surface.
Your feet should be hips width apart.
Keeping your gaze directly ahead, hold on and bend your knees a little.
Ensure your knees travel directly forwards over your toes.
Do not allow them to turn inwards.
Push through the heels of your feet and tighten your buttock muscles to return to the upright position.
Ensure your gaze remains directly ahead and your back straight at all times.
Continue this movement.
NHS guidleines recommend the following:
Physical benefits include
Mental benefits include