After surgery you’ll be encouraged to be up and walking around as soon as possible. How soon depends on the advice and instructions from your surgeon and other members of the care team. Most people who understand what’s expected and who can manage their post-operative pain, will resume normal activities gradually without any help. Others may require some added instruction and support, which is often provided by a physiotherapist.
After the initial recovery phase (between two and six weeks after surgery), your surgeon may recommend a more formal physiotherapy and/or exercise program. You’ll be assessed, and a program of exercise and activities will be developed. These will be based on your current abilities and needs, the type of surgery you had, and your surgeon’s preferences for post-operative activity.