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The physiotherapy management of patients undergoing abdominal surgery


Reeve, JC and Boden, I, The physiotherapy management of patients undergoing abdominal surgery, New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44, (1) pp. 33-49. ISSN 0303-7193 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.15619/NZJP/44.1.05


Abdominal surgery is performed to remove cancerous tissue, to resolve visceral tissue perforations or to remove inflammatory bowel segments, benign growths or vascular aneurysms. Postoperative complications, including pulmonary complications, are common following abdominal surgery and physiotherapy aims to prevent and treat many of these complications. Much of the literature investigating physiotherapy interventions is over a decade old and advances in surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and fast track pathways, require physiotherapists to re-evaluate their practices. This narrative review aims to examine the evidence investigating the effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions and apply this to contemporary surgical practices. Recommendations for practice and research are outlined.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physiotherapy, general surgery, abdomen, evidence-based practice
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Physiotherapy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Boden, I (Dr Ianthe Boden)
ID Code:149553
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-04-04
Last Modified:2022-08-25
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