Thousands of surgeries are completed every day. Some more serious than others, and some completed with short notice for emergency situations. But when surgeries are made known to the patient weeks or months before they are to take place, usually little to no preparation by way of physical conditioning is done by the patient. The fact that many doctors do not discuss or recommend fitness conditioning or require patients to participate in pre-surgical training is actually putting their patients at a disadvantage when it comes to recovery after the surgery.
What many patients fail to realize is that effective recovery from surgery starts with preparation for the surgery, especially back, hip, and knee surgeries. Not being physically prepared for these surgeries insures a longer road to recovery. What is more disturbing than the preparation is that many, or maybe the majority of post surgery patients, do not commit totally to the rehab process. One of the big misunderstandings about rehabbing from surgeries is that many people think they can only do the minimum to fully recover from a surgical procedure. But to fully rehab from some surgeries takes a strong commitment during and after formal rehabbing with a physical therapist. People also do not like experiencing pain and doing exercises, but that is what being fully committed entails. It is in fact hard work and a strong commitment to doing exercises which will complete the recovery process. Some health issues may actually demand a lifetime of rehab and keeping the body physically in tone.
What is mythical about managing health conditions, pain, and recovery is that pills, or medication will heal the body physically, but they are only tools to assist in managing ones conditions. Pain medication do not have healing properties, all they do is manage pain levels. Anti-inflammatory medications do however contribute to reducing inflammation (swelling) which also can limit pain while being useful for the rehabbing process and long term condition management. But with all medications there are some adverse symptoms or even addiction problems; so it is better to only use them as needed and not as a way to excuse oneself from working the body to recovery.