Post Operative Physiotherapy

Techniques in surgery have improved massively in recent years, and we are lucky to have some amazing surgeons in Edinburgh and the Central belt. But often the outcome of your surgery will depend on what you do after the operation. You can have the best surgeon on the planet, but if you don’t follow a well structured rehabilitation programme after your operation, you might not get the result you are looking for. Most surgeries will have recommended evidence based physiotherapy protocols that if adhered to provide the best framework for a good recovery. We have access to these and we are used to following them.  Often your surgeon will have special instructions regarding the way you are progressed and close communication is helpful in this situation.

But not everyone is the same. Often people have had years of dealing with the pain prior to the surgery, during which time their function and general conditioning may have deteriorated. This clearly takes longer to recover from, as the body adapts to the new pain-free state and improved levels of function. Gradually loading the area over time is a skill and we have the means to monitor your progress and give you the green light to progress your activity levels.

Your surgeon wants to know you are in trusted hands and that you are progressing well. As well as being able to measure your progress through various forms of objective assessment, including strength and functional agility & dexterity (depending on the surgery and your goals). We will write to your consultant to update them in time for your review appointments. Working as a team ensures that you are well looked after from early recovery to the final stages of your rehabilitation.

We will endeavour to keep you fit through the process, so that when your injury is ready to return to normal, the rest of you is too.


Here are some of the common elective surgical procedures we are used to dealing with:

  • Anterior or Posterior Cruciate Reconstruction
  • Total hip replacement
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Total knee replacement
  • Ankle lateral ligament reconstruction
  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Knee arthroscopy, meniscectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Stabilisation
  • Carpal tunnel decompression
  • Mastectomy
  • Achilles Tendon repair
  • Dupuytren’s Release
  • Various Gynaecological Surgeries
  • Post Fracture surgery

This list is clearly not complete and we obviously deal with many more conditions. If you have any questions about your recovery please feel free to ask us. Phone us on 0131 478 4646, or email [email protected]