The first goals to aim for after orthopaedic surgery

After orthopaedic surgery, particularly on your knee or hip, your mobility can be limited. 

Our Physiotherapist Toby Vague explains the realistic goals you should aim for to help you return home as soon as possible after surgery.

Before you are discharged from hospital after surgery, there are a number of tasks that we want to make sure you can do on your own, to ensure you are safe at home.

These tasks involve a range of movements which you would do on a day-to-day basis.

Early goals after surgery

We work with you to get you to a point where you can achieve the following tasks independently during your hospital stay:

  • Be able to dress yourself 
  • Be able to shower independently (you may need to sit for some parts on a shower chair)
  • Walk safely with a walking aid
  • Walk safely up and down stairs
  • Safely get in and out of the car

We will also check that you have the required equipment prescribed by your occupational therapist before you go home.

Once you are able to complete these tasks and your pain is under control we can start preparing for you to go home where you can confidently continue your recovery and rehabilitation.

Toby Vague Physiotherapist

About the Author

Toby is a physiotherapist and the Allied Health Co-ordinator at St John of God Geelong Hospital. He has nearly 20 years' experience as a physiotherapist working predominantly in orthopaedics and rehabilitation.