Pre- and postoperative physiotherapyAgostini PJ, Naidu B, Rajesh P et al (2014) Potentially modifiable factors contribute to limitation in physical activity following thoracotomy and lung resection: a prospective observational study. J Cardiothoracic Surgery; 9:128. doi: 10.1186/1749-8090-9-128.
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• right-side-lying is better than left-side-lying for blood gases after heart surgery
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• post-op rehab reduces hospital stay
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• pre-operatively, lung surgery patients at risk of sputum retention can be predicted by one of: current smokers, history of COPD, CVA, or ischaemic heart disease, and absence of regional analgesia
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• breathing exercises appear unnecessary after cardiac surgery
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Brooks D, Crowe J, Kelsey CJ et al (2001) A clinical practice guideline on peri-operative cardiorespiratory physical therapy. Physiother Canada, 53, 1, 9-25.
• translates evidence into practice
Browning L, Denehy L, Scholes RL (2007) The quantity of early upright mobilisation performed following upper abdominal surgery is low: an observational study. Austr J Physiotherapy, 53, 1, 47-52
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• a symptom-limited stair climbing test accurately predicts cardiopulmonary complications
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• regular exercise improves on-going quality of life 5 to 6 years after CABG
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• the pre-assessment clinic should include rehabilitation and discharge planning
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• preoperative inspiratory muscle training reduces atelectasis in patients having elective abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery
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• review of evidence base and application of post-op mobilisation
Ebeo CT et al (2002) The effect of BiPAP on postoperative pulmonary function following gastric surgery for obesity. Respir Med, 96, 672-6
• postop BiPAP for obese patients improves lung function but not complication rate
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• high-intensity endurance and strength training after lung cancer surgery is well tolerated and improves fitness and quality of life
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• postoperative home-based exercise can reduce fatigue
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• postoperative chest pain reduced by kinesiology taping at the chest access site pain trigger point, the ipsilateral deltoid/trapezius and lower anterior chest
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• postoperative NIV can improve gas exchange, decrease the work of breathing and reduce atelectasis.
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• stairs done 20% earlier, walking 43% further, less analgesia, shorter hospital stays than control group
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• preoperative IMT is associated with reduced postoperative atelectasis, pneumonia and duration of hospital stay
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• TENS to remaining limb given to sites corresponding to painful sites on amputated limb
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• pre-operative exercise training reduces postoperative pulmonary complications
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• exercise testing is a useful preoperative risk-stratification tool that can predict postoperative outcome
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• oesophagectomy brings the highest rate of respiratory complications of any operation, although these are reduced by perioperative rehabilitation
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• routine physiotherapy not justified
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• outcome - improved spirometry readings compared to controls
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• early walking does not influence the incidence of symptomatic pulmonary embolism.
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• prophylactic postoperative CPAP reduces the incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications in patients undergoing high-risk abdominal surgery.
• the protective effect diminishes with increasing level of CPAP
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• acute pain in the post-operative period should be assessed at rest and during movement
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• bed rest has no influence on the risk of developing PE in patients with acute DVT
• bed rest has no influence in patients with acute submassive PE.
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• physiotherapy involving deep breathing and coughing, treadmill, ergometric cycling, and upper limb exercise (starting pre-operatively and continuing until discharge), showed reduced atelectasis, pneumonia and length of stay, compared to incentive spirometry alone
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• a single session of 30 deep-breaths reduces atelectasis and increases oxygenation on the second postoperative day after CABG
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• patients who performed 30 slow deep breaths (against a positive expiratory pressure of 10 cm H2O) hourly during daytime for the first 4 postoperative days after CABG had significantly smaller atelectatic areas and better pulmonary function.
ACPRC = Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care
CABG = coronary artery bypass graft
FRC = functional residual capacity
JAMA = Journal of American Medical Association