Preoperative physical therapy beneficial for upper abdominal surgery patients
Pulmonary function and physical performance outcomes with preoperative physical therapy in upper abdominal surgery: a randomized controlled trialClin Rehabil. 2013 Jul;27(7):616-27. doi: 10.1177/0269215512471063. Epub 2013 Feb 12
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37 patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery were randomized to receive pre-operative physical therapy, involving respiratory and global exercise, 2-3 weeks before surgery, or no therapy. The results showed that intervention group had higher inspiratory strength and respiratory muscle endurance than the control pre and postoperatively. After the seventh post-operative day the intervention group...
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