Pre and Post Operation Rehabilitation


In order to ensure that you or a loved one achieve the best possible outcome after surgery it has been recognised that counteracting the effects that any length of stay in hospital as quickly and safely as possible with targeted rehabilitation programmes leads the best outcomes.


Post surgery this entails closely following your surgeons advice and engaging as soon as possible with a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist if required. There is also now growing support for individuals to engage in pre operative  muscle strengthening and conditioning programmes (prehabilitation) for 2-6 weeks prior to surgery to counteract the loss of muscle size, strength and function thats occurs after surgery and bed rest in hospital. 


The good news is that Fit For Life can provide all the support and expertise you or a loved one needs to maxmise your recovery back to your optimum health and physical fitness.


Some of the more common surgeries that patients require our assistance are listed below. 

Where does this service take place?

We can deliver this service at a location of your choice whether that is in your own home, a respite facility or at our Clinic in Sandyford Dublin 18 or one of our regional centres. 




Confirm Appointment & Cost

Once you have made an enquiry to book a home visit you will be contacted by a member of our team to confirm your preferred time and day of your appointment and the exact cost of the service and the therapist who will be carrying out the assessment.


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Hip Operations

Fit For Life can provide a full Physiotherapy service to you or a loved one in the comfort of wherever you are currently residing. This could be while you are convalescing in a healthcare facility or at your home. To find out more about this service please click here.

Knee Operations

We can carry out private Occupational Therapy visits where you are currently residing whether this is in your own home, waiting discharge from hospital or other convalesence facility or you are a short or long term resident in a Nursing Home. Our services including:

  • Post Hospital Home discharge and housing adaptation
  • Functional assessment of your ability to carry our day to day tasks
  • Specialised equipment assessment and recommendations e.g Specilaised Seating
  • Cognitive Assessments
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Back/Lumbar Operations


Will I have pain after my surgery?

You may have some pain after surgery. You will be given painkillers to help with this if you need them. Returning to normal activity and getting your back moving helps with your recovery and can help reduce your pain.

When can I start exercising?

You should start exercising as soon as you can, normally the day after surgery. Below are some exercises to get you started. We recommend you do each exercise 5 times, three times a day.

Alternate knees to chest, crook lying, legs side to side, sitting pelvic tilt, transversus (tummy) in standing, left and right-side bend.

When can I resume normal activities?

You should keep moving after your surgery and return to full activities as soon as possible. When you return home, as well as doing the exercises above, you should gradually increase your fitness and activity levels. At first this may be a little uncomfortable, but as you gradually increase your activities it will become easier. The surgeons say you should avoid lifting anything more than 10 kg for 4-6 weeks after your surgery.

How much can I sit?

We advise that you avoid sitting for too long at first. Get up and walk around so you change position.

Key messages

  • Remain mobile and return to activities as soon as you can after surgery. This produces better pain relief.
  • Returning to normal activities as quickly as possible is generally beneficial. It results in faster recovery and better clinical outcomes.

What Is a Lumbar Laminectomy?

A laminectomy is a procedure which involves removing bone of the vertebrae to allow for more space for the nerves. It relieves pressure on the nerves and decreases symptoms such as numbness, tingling, pain and weakness. Surgery may last approximately 2 to 3 hours. You may be in the hospital for approximately 3 days.

What Is a Lumbar Fusion?

A fusion stabilizes the vertebrae of the spine creating less chance for slippage of the discs. Bone from the iliac crest (hip), local bone from the operative site, allograft bone and other bone may be used as a bone graft. The graft is inserted between the vertebrae and then rods and screws are placed. The bone from the hip often is removed through the same incision leaving the patient with only one incision postoperatively. Surgery may last approximately 4 to 8 hours.

What is a Lumbar Discectomy?

Pain radiation down the legs may be due to a disc bulge or disc herniation. A discectomy is the removal of the piece of disc or the entire disc that is putting pressure on the nerves and causing your leg numbness, tingling, pain or weakness. Surgery may last approximately 2 to 3 hours. You may be in the hospital for as little as 1 night.

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