The process of rehabilitation from surgery begins prior to your surgery. After first meeting Dr. Leone and scheduling your surgical date, you will be given specific exercises to do. These exercises condition your muscles and breathing. We have learned that if your body is used to doing these exercises before surgery, they are much easier to perform after surgery. We will not prescribe any exercise that hurts. Pain is your body “talking” to itself. We encourage gentle persistence and discourage pain.
Many of these same exercises will be continued during the postoperative period. Your medical team will make sure you have the equipment and resources you need, and understand how to perform the exercises and techniques that will maximize your recovery.
After Your Surgery
The day following your surgery your rehabilitation will begin with two supervised physical and occupational therapy sessions. It will continue each day you remain in the hospital. Initially you’ll be instructed how to use a walker. You’ll be progressed from the walker to a cane or other ambulatory device as appropriate, with the goal of getting you walking on your own as soon as possible. Your therapist will teach you how to use devices like reachers and sock aids, as needed.
Your second day after surgery will be much like the first, but you’ll be more active and spend more time out of bed. Dr. Leone and his team will visit you again, as will the internist. You will have two physical therapy sessions. We’ve created a special “gym” on our orthopedic floor where you will go for your therapy.
Your nurse will continue to assess your pain and provide medication as needed. Your Patient Liaison and case managers will meet with you and coordinate your discharge—either to your home or to another facility. They will help ensure that you have the supplies that you will need. All your instructions will be reviewed and written down. Any prescriptions will be given to you and an appointment for your suture removal will be made.
For your convenience, we have compiled a list of preferred providers in Broward County and beyond. These specialists in home health care and rehabilitation are available to provide post-surgical care to patients of The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care – care that is consistent with its practice and philosophy of making the patient the priority.
Broward County Home Health
- Holy Cross Home Health: 954-267-7000
- Community Home Health of Pompano Beach: 954-973-9400
- Holy Cross Hospital Orthopedic Institute Physical Therapy: 954-958-4800
- Select Physical Therapy, Lighthouse Point: 954-946-8877
Miami-Dade County Home Health
- Maxium Healthcare Services, Miami: 305-235-6262
- Dynamic Physical Therapy, Miami Lakes, Sean Williams PT: 305-556-0315
- Sport Fit Physical Therapy, Coral Gables, Lisa Kearns PT: 305-381-6224
- Touch of Health Rehabilitation, Inc., Sunny Isles Beach: 305-947-7788
Palm Beach County Home Health
- First at Nursing Services: 561-684-9000
- Community Home Health of Lake Worth: 561-641-3141
- Med Tech Services Boca Raton: 561-886-1500
- Holy Cross Lighthouse Point Ortho, Boca Raton: 561-483-6924
- One To One Physical Therapy, Delray Beach: 561-496-5144
- Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchee: 561-792-8067
- Boynton Sport & Back, Boynton Beach: 561-369-3068
All Regions/Additional Services
- Florida Bracing: 954-489-4567
- Guardian Monitoring Services: 954-267-7040 or 866-935-5227
- Comfort Care Durable Medical Equipment: 954-491-9500