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Physiotherapy Before Surgery


After surgery, it is common for lung complications to occur due to:

  1. The effect of anaesthesia which relaxes your breathing muscles and causes shallow breathing
  2. The pain experienced from the wound site which may prevent you from taking deep breaths and limit your ability to cough to clear phlegm (if any)
  3. Spending more time in bed which does not allow your breathing muscles to work well to help you take deeper breaths.

The role of Physiotherapy is to keep you free from lung complications and prevent a decline in your physical function by maximizing your fitness before and after surgery to enhance recovery.

This booklet has been prepared to allow you to understand what can happen after surgery so that you will be able to understand the role of Physiotherapy in helping you through your recovery.

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