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Our physiotherapists have been fascinated in keeping up to date with the latest research around rehabilitation after COVID-19. We look forward to assisting people with breathing retraining, returning to their normal activity, and regaining fitness level.Find out more
It is very normal after your body goes through something like this for your muscles to become weak and deconditioned, or to need some guidance getting back to breathing, moving and exercising safely again.
You will usually see the physiotherapist during your hospital admission to help you get up and moving again, but we can also provide you with ongoing care after your discharge from hospital to help get you back to your normal self.
People undergo lung surgery for a number of different reasons. Some of the most common include removal of a growth or cancer, where part of or a whole lobe of the lung may be removed. In major cases the surgeon may decide to remove your whole lung. Other reasons may be infection or build-up of fluid in the lung, or to help the lung open up again. It is very important after lung surgery to get up and moving again as soon as is safe afterwards while still in hospital, and once you get home to get back to walking and day to day activities. There will be some restrictions depending on the size of the incision and type of surgery that was performed.
Seeing a physiotherapist early after a lung operation can be very helpful to practice correct breathing, which will help your lungs to open and help to prevent any complications or chest infections. We can also guide you with stretches and exercises to get back your normal movement, return to your previous exercise or hobbies, and even help you starting new exercise.
Abdominal surgeries usually mean you are out of action for at least 6-8 weeks, sometimes longer depending on how large your surgery was. It is important to be very careful with movement, lifting and returning to exercise after any type of surgery to your abdomen so as not to delay healing or cause damage to your incision. These types of surgeries can also impact the way you breathe, often due to discomfort from the scar or lack of movement.
You may have had surgery to remove a tumour or cancer, part of your bowel or another organ, or to correct a hernia. Whatever the reason for your surgery, our physiotherapists can help guide with return to general exercise and also ways to safely strengthen your abdominal muscles when it is safe to do so. We are also familiar with safe exercises for people with ostomies.
Vascular surgeries refer to anything related to your vascular system, including arteries, veins or lymphatic circulation. Some of the most common procedures involve those that open up your arteries or veins, grafts to increase blood flow or procedures to clear out plaque form the lining of your arteries. These operations can be directly around your heart, but also can be done in the vascular system of the rest of your body including your abdomen and legs. We all know how important exercise is for your cardiovascular system. While the heart is the main muscles that pumps blood around the body, it is also essential that we keep all of the arteries and veins in the rest of our bodies functioning well. These parts are referred to as your peripheral vascular system.
Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease include:
Our physiotherapists can educate you in safe exercise both pre and post-surgery, and help you regain your normal function after a procedure or hospital admission.
These procedures are performed to correct a chest wall deformity called pectus excavatum, which is a condition where a person’s breastbone is sunken into their chest. This can cause significant physical and psychological symptoms. It is a congenital disorder, meaning you are born with it, which affects only a small proportion of the population and males more often than females. There are two common surgical procedures used to correct this condition using either a bar(s) in the chest (Nuss procedure), or reconstruction of your breastbone and ribs (Ravitch procedure) to create more space in the chest cavity and improve physical appearance.
Symptoms of pectus excavatum:
It is important before your surgery to be as fit and active as you safely can, to ensure you get the most out of your procedure. Post operatively there are also some important restrictions with movement and exercise that your surgeon will go through with you. Our Thoracare physiotherapists are experienced with both the pre and post operative period. We can safely guide you with return to exercise to get you back to your previous hobbies, sport and day to day life.
Thoracare Subiaco offers physiotherapy services both before after your breast surgery, for management of cancer and reconstructive issues. It is important to have guidance with return to normal movement, activities and exercise after your operation. We can assist you with education on scar management, treatment for post op complications such as lymphoedema and cording, and a step-by-step return to physical activity.
Benefits of physiotherapy management before and after breast surgery:
Jen Douglass has been a part of the Thoracare team for 8 years and is currently working with both outpatients and inpatients. She is currently the inpatient physiotherapy coordinator on the general medical and respiratory wards. Jen completed her degree at Curtin University, and has worked predominantly in the areas of cardio-respiratory, cardio-thoracic and inpatient rehabilitation. These are her main areas of interest, in which she enjoys gaining further experience and knowledge by working in an outpatient setting. She has also completed some further training in rehabilitation of dizziness and balance issues. Outside work Jen enjoys spending as much time as she can with friends and family.
Liane was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and graduated at University of Cape Town in 1986 with BSC Physiotherapy. She immigrated to Perth with her family in 1999 to start a new adventure. Liane’s background is private practice, where she ran a team of physiotherapists who serviced acute respiratory, cardiac surgery and neurosurgery, as well as outpatient rooms specialising in spinal, musculoskeletal, sport injuries and rehabilitation.
The practice was involved with State track and field athletes, as well as the Durban World surf life-saving Championships in 1999 and the Vets World Track and Field in 1997. Liane’s interests currently lie in treating breathing pattern disorders, hyperventilation syndrome and inspiratory muscle training in clients with a history of chest problems or unexplained breathing disorders. She is also interested in breathing disorders in sportspeople and athletes.
Cheryl completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Since graduating, Cheryl has mainly worked in an acute care inpatient setting in hospitals. She has a genuine interest in assisting patients presenting with both acute and chronic conditions in a supportive, and professional environment. Growing up in Malaysia, she is able to communicate fluently in Mandarin and is able to understand Bahasa Malaysia.
Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys going for walks, reading, and looking after her plants, though her thumbs are more often brown than green.