Rehabilitation is an integral part of the recovery process for patients post cancer surgery. The treatment during rehabilitation depends on several factors including the site of the surgery and age of the patient, among others. Additional treatment, like radiation therapy, chemotherapy and exercises may be recommended after surgery to complement the process of recovery.
Medicines may be prescribed to patients for expediting the healing process and ensuring a wholesome physical and emotional healing. Oncologists like Dr. Amish Dalal assess the physical condition of patients in order to decide on the necessary rehabilitation.
Cancer surgeries may necessitate the complete or partial removal of certain affected parts of the body and surrounding tissues that are malignant. Inflammation if any around the surgical wound is not uncommon. Rehabilitation usually offers a wide scope for expediting the healing process. Physical therapy may be advised two or three weeks after a cancer surgery. Dr. Amish Dalal, an accomplished Surgical Oncologist, examines the patient’s condition post-surgery and recommends the next line of treatment.
What post-surgery rehabilitation can do for patients
Post surgery rehabilitation aims to treat common symptoms experienced after surgery. The nature of rehabilitation that a patient may require depends on the post-surgical care needed, the type of surgery that was conducted, and the site of the surgery.
Rehabilitation often proves to be beneficial for relieving patients in the following ways:
- Reduction in pain arising from the site of surgery
- Reduction in inflammation around the operated area
- Increase in the range of motion
- Boost in physical strength
- Restoration of regular lifestyle and activities
Amish Dalal reviews the condition of patients post-surgery and decides upon the necessity of rehabilitation and the course that needs to be undertaken.
Symptoms that may indicate the necessity for rehabilitation
Cancer surgery, like any other surgery, requires time to heal completely to enable patients to return to their usual way of life. However, there may be symptoms that impede the healing process. These could be:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sleep deprivation
- Depression and anxiety
- Pain at the site of surgery
- Difficulty in undertaking daily activities
- Inflexibility of muscles
- Difficulty in concentrating or memorising
Doctors observe patients after a surgery, both before and after their discharge from the hospital. This helps them know how well the patient is recovering, and in administering the necessary post-surgical care. Doctor Amish Dalal recommends his patients to regularly monitor their health and discuss their progress and concerns with him post surgery.
Here are some professionals that help with post-cancer surgery rehabilitation
A team of experts work in coordination with an oncologist in administering the necessary post-surgery rehabilitation while patients are at the hospital. After discharge, the oncologist may recommend patients to other specialists to aid the process of recovery.
A team of rehabilitation experts usually includes the following:
Rehabilitation Specialist: Assists patients in achieving the desired range of movement of limbs, and regaining their strength.
Physiotherapist: Helps patients regain mobility. This is essential for patients who have undergone a cancer surgery that has affected their movement. Those with difficulty in balancing, suffering from loss of muscles due to prolonged bed rest, and patients walking with an assistive device get to benefit from physiotherapy. Patients can also be administered radiation
Dietician: Patients need to follow a strict diet especially after a surgery, to restore their health. With a thorough knowledge of the daily nutritional needs of patients, dieticians regulate their food intake to monitor the body weight so as to aid in recovery. While there are dieticians to ensure the correct nutritional value at hospitals, patients may consult a professional dietician for advice on the necessary diet chart after their release from the hospital. Dr.Amish Dalal recommends patients to follow the prescribed diet during the rehabilitation period.
Psychologist/Counsellor: During the prolonged course of the illness, some patients may require counselling support. Psychologists counsel patients for their mental and emotional well-being. Amish Dalal, an expert Oncologist, may recommend counselling if needed.
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