In the Group’s facilities, rehabilitation programs are excellent: patients, guided by a team of professionals, also carry out recreational and practical activities
The success of an orthopedic intervention does not depend only on what happens in the operating room: rehabilitation is also a fundamental step to fully recover osteoarticular function and mobility.
The rehabilitation process must be developed by specialized professionals and carried out with state-of-the-art machinery. This is the case in the structures of the Giomi Group, a leading Italian private healthcare company founded in 1949.
What to do after an orthopedic surgery
When undergoing surgery such as implantation of a prosthesis or reconstruction of a ligament, or other types of orthopedic surgery involving bones, tendons or joints, it is normal for the affected area of the body to take time and support to return to maximum efficiency.
Typically, the patient rests for at least one day after surgery. Then begins the rehabilitation process, which serves to promote the recovery of flexibility, resistance and adequate muscle tone. The muscles, in fact, must be strong enough to stabilize the operated osteoarticular structure.
Giomi facilities: the patient at the center of a rich rehabilitation program
A classic rehabilitation process includes visits and control exams, clinical evaluations, instrumental aids (such as crutches or braces), manual therapies and exercises that stress muscles and joints.
In Giomi structures, however, the rehabilitation offer reaches a higher level. Particularly at the forefront is the ICOT of Latina, which has an agreement with the national health system, today the largest structure of the Group. Here patients, arriving from the ward or in day hospital, are taken care of by a highly specialized team that includes a doctor, physiotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist and psychologist.
ICOT rehabilitation patients have access to a small kitchen and can participate in creative and practical activities, such as gardening, woodworking, knitting and others. This favors the return to everyday life, makes the transition from hospital to domestic life less traumatic and helps to make patients feel at home even when they are within the hospital walls.
There are several post-operative pathways
The duration and nature of the post-operative process depend not only on the type of orthopedic intervention undergone, but above all on the area of the body concerned. Knee rehabilitation, for example, mainly involves flexion-extension exercises and the recovery of the muscle tone of the gluteus and quadriceps.
Orthopedic rehabilitation of the foot also aims at strengthening the limb, as well as improving its mobility and relaxing its muscles. In a second phase, the exercises proposed by the specialists include the resumption of normal walking and daily activities such as climbing and descending stairs.
After hip surgery, on the other hand, physiokinesitherapy treatments are used on the tone and strength of the muscles. The patient is gradually re-accustomed to acquire different postures without obstacles. For example, he gets used to the transition from a supine to a standing position. Then, we proceed with the first walking exercises, taking care not to overload the operated hip too much.
If the operation concerns the shoulder, after an initial period of rest, the specialists proceed with passive and then active mobilizations, which is followed by muscle strengthening work. The goal is also to prevent the shoulder from stiffening or being injured again.
Finally, hand operations require a somewhat longer rehabilitation period. In fact, this part of the body performs a wide range of movements, both coarse and precision. The rehabilitation process, therefore, takes this complexity into account: in this case the exercises and treatments carried out by the specialists work on mobility and joint resistance.
In short, within the structures of the Giomi Group it is possible to undertake the rehabilitation process, also taking advantage of the agreement with the national health system, designed on the basis of the type of operation and the needs of the patient.
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