Post-Operative Step Down Care

The importance of rehabilitation after surgery or trauma

Many patients struggle physically and mentally with how they are going to cope when discharged from hospital. Having received great care in the hands of surgeons and nurses it can be daunting when you return home. Many patients are concerned about how they will cope with day-to-day activities, manage residual pain, how much exercise they should be doing and at what stage.

Getting the right support, advice and treatment from a clinical specialist physio as soon as you get home is critical to ensuring you improve joint mobility, strengthen muscles, reduce swelling and mentally help you pace your recovery to regain the movement you need to live your daily life.


Managing the post-operative phase of recovery (weeks 1 - 6)

How Aquian will support you during your step down care.

Post-operative appointments are arranged from the day after you get home so there’s no waiting for treatment to start and no loss of momentum in the crucial, early stage of your recovery

Our clinical specialist orthopaedic physiotherapists will assess and guide you on treatment and medication to support your recovery

We’ll work with your surgeon to development a treatment plan unique to you to ensure your optimal recovery. Having worked with many leading surgeons in the area, we recognise approaches to rehabilitation may differ.

My experience of Aquian’s rehab physiotherapy has been exceptional. My physiotherapist with specialist rehab skill, sympathetic friendliness and knowledge in post-knee surgery, has guided me through all the appropriate exercises. At every stage of the recovery process, she has ensured my excellent progress. Treatment within my own home at convenient times made the whole process so much easier.
Linda Arnold

What you can expect

Personalised treatment plan developed in conjunction with your surgeon

Support to address swelling, bruising, wound management and pain relief

Exercise plan to increase muscle re-activation

Helping you get you back to maximum mobility (weeks 6 – 12)

How Aquian will support you during your step down care.

Liaise with your doctor at your post operative check up

We will work with you through this period to ensure you achieve your goals and continue to progress

Continue to build on your progress and revise your exercise plan where necessary

Had a knee replacement and needed physiotherapy while recuperating. The fact that Steve could come to my home and work with me was a great bonus and I certainly benefitted from his advice. After several visits I am now driving again and even cycling and am very grateful that I found Aquian.

Barbara Scott

What you can expect

Personal attention and care required to ensure you achieve recovery at pace.

Monitoring and revision of exercise plan to ensure you are able to achieve your goals

Strength, balance and endurance exercises

Ready to book?

If you’re ready to book or have any questions then get in touch! We’re here to help. 

We cover: South West London, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Other areas can be visited upon request.


Rehabilitation doesn’t necessarily end once your short-term objectives have been met, such as improving range of movement or muscle activation.
To help you maintain maximum movement and deliver longer term benefits it’s important to continue rehabilitation such as taking regular exercise, stretching and strengthening activity.
Aquian offers a range of sevices to support you on this journey to help you feel better, for longer. We’ll always just be one phone call away.


During all of our visits, we’ll review your progress including pain & swelling management strategies, measure joint & muscle function, and observe gait and functional tasks.
We’ll support you to perform to the level of function that will ultimately give you the mobility needed for daily life.
Together, we’ll set achievable goals to progress your recovery at a pace that ensures you steadily improve.
Regardless of your condition, your safety and comfort are paramount, so you’ll have access to all the support we can offer.


On our first visit we’ll get an understanding of what you’ve been through, what you want to achieve and discuss what treatment might involve. We’ll answer any questions or concerns you have.
For those awaiting surgery, treatments will include any pre-operative sessions and most importantly a plan for the care you might need when you are discharged from hospital.