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Maximising Surgery Success with Prehabilitation at Specific Physiotherapy Preston

Maximising Surgery Success with Prehabilitation at Specific Physiotherapy Preston

As a seasoned Preston physiotherapist at Specific Physiotherapy, Billy Gilhooley has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of prehabilitation (prehab) in preparing patients for orthopaedic surgeries. This proactive approach is pivotal in ensuring his patients enter surgery in optimal physical condition, thereby enhancing post-operative outcomes.

Maximising Surgery Success with Prehabilitation at Specific Physiotherapy Preston


Prehabilitation Explained

Prehabilitation, often recommended by orthopaedic surgeons, is a targeted exercise program undertaken 4–6 weeks before surgeries like total joint replacements and joint reconstructions. Its aim is to bolster your physical readiness, contributing significantly to your recovery process.

Tailored Prehabilitation Exercise Programs

At Specific Physiotherapy, Gilhooley designs personalised prehab programs supervised by skilled physiotherapists. Our programs focus on:

  • Enhancing joint movement and strength
  • Boosting overall fitness
  • Improving balance
  • Optimising gait and crutch use (if necessary)

Educational Component of Prehabilitation

Education is a cornerstone of prehab. Billy encourage’s discussions about:

  • Hospital stay expectations
  • Post-operative self-management strategies
  • Home adaptations for rehabilitation
  • Effective pain management techniques

Why Prehabilitation Matters

Engaging in prehab has many benefits, including strengthening you before your surgery, facilitating quicker recovery of movement and fitness. It can mitigate risks associated with surgery, like extended hospital stays and increased post-operative pain.

Studies [1][2][3] have shown benefits including reduced post-surgery pain, increased muscular strength, and shortened hospital stays.

Who Should Consider Prehabilitation?

Prehab is beneficial for anyone scheduled for orthopaedic surgery, regardless of age or fitness level. Surgeries that can benefit from prehab include:

  • Total hip and knee replacements
  • ACL reconstructions
  • Shoulder and rotator cuff repairs
  • Ankle repairs

Starting Your Prehab Journey

For optimal benefits, start prehab 4–6 weeks before your surgery. Even if you begin later, you’ll still experience positive outcomes.

Affordable Prehabilitation Services

With private insurance Extras cover, making our services accessible to all. We offer 30 minute prehab sessions for $105 per hour. Please read more about our rates here.

Booking Your Prehabilitation Appointment

Contact Specific Physiotherapy at (03) 9579 5919 or email us at info@specificphysiotherapy.com.au

When you book online please indicate your specific surgeries like hip replacements, knee replacements, ACL reconstructions, shoulder repairs, and ankle repairs.

References and Further Reading

Gilhooley bases prehab programs on evidence-backed studies [4], ensuring you receive the most effective prehab care.

In conclusion, prehabilitation at Specific Physiotherapy offers not just an exercise program; it’s a comprehensive approach combining physical preparation and education, tailored to your individual needs.

Whether you’re undergoing a total hip replacement or an ACL reconstruction, our team is dedicated to ensuring you’re physically and mentally prepared for your surgery and beyond.

Prehabilitation Specialist Billy Gilhooley

Billy Gilhooley is a highly skilled physiotherapist at Specific Physiotherapy in Preston, known for his dedication and expertise in orthopaedic prehabilitation. With a rich background in sports physiotherapy and a special interest in orthopaedic pre-surgery preparation, Billy has become a trusted name in the field.

Contact Us Now!

Don’t wait to start your journey to a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Contact Specific Physiotherapy today to learn more about how our prehabilitation program can benefit you.


1. Shakya P, Poudel S. Prehabilitation in Patients before Major Surgery: A Review Article. JNMA J Nepal Med Assoc. 2022 Oct 1;60(254):909-915. doi: 10.31729/jnma.7545. PMID: 36705159; PMCID: PMC9924929.

2. Wagnild JM, Akowuah E, Maier RH, Hancock HC, Kasim A. Impact of prehabilitation on objectively measured physical activity levels in elective surgery patients: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2021 Sep 7;11(9):e049202. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049202. PMID: 34493516; PMCID: PMC8424868.

3. Kuthiah N. Perioperative prehabilitation. Singapore Med J. 2023 Feb;64(2):127-131. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2021034. Epub 2021 Apr 16. PMID: 33866706; PMCID: PMC10071849.

4. Molenaar CJL, Papen-Botterhuis NE, Herrle F, Slooter GD. Prehabilitation, making patients fit for surgery – a new frontier in perioperative care. Innov Surg Sci. 2019 Dec 24;4(4):132-138. doi: 10.1515/iss-2019-0017. PMID: 33977122; PMCID: PMC8059351.

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