There are other types of general surgery which sometimes have secondary implications for the musculoskeletal system. These would include:
- Abdominal surgery
- Cesarean sections
- Varicose vein procedures
- Sternotomy (for cardiac procedures)
- Hernia repair
Although these relatively common procedures to not directly involve the most musculoskeletal system there are sometimes secondary effects of stiffness and pain as a consequence of the procedures.
It is vitally important that the physiotherapist liases with the consultant surgeon to ensure that the specific rehabilitation protocol is followed. This is in the patient’s best interest because the surgeon has the advantage of seeing detail in the surgery which cannot be observed clinically. This information can influence the rehabilitation protocol and very importantly the timing of when different activities are introduced.
The rehabilitation of these conditions is specific to each individual problem and may involve stretching joint mobilizations, muscle strengthening, balance and coordination work and progressing to sport specific tasks or occupational activities as required.