Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2018; 51(5): 293-307  
Essentials of Physiotherapy after Thoracic Surgery: What Physiotherapists Need to Know. A Narrative Review
Ahmad Mahdi Ahmad, Ph.D.
Department of Physical Therapy for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disorders, 
Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University
Corresponding author: Ahmad Mahdi Ahmad, Department of Physical Therapy for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disorders, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
(Tel) 20-01007056624 (Fax) 20-237617692 (E-mail) Ahmed.Mahdy@pt.cu.edu.eg
Received: May 17, 2018; Revised: August 5, 2018; Accepted: August 16, 2018.; Published online: October 5, 2018.
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Abstract
Physiotherapy has recently become an essential part of enhanced recovery protocols after thoracic surgery. The evidence-based practice of physiotherapy is essential for the effective management of postoperative patients. Unfortunately, only a small body of literature has discussed the rationale of the physiotherapy interventions that are routinely implemented following thoracic surgery. Nonetheless, we can integrate the avail-able knowledge into our practice until new evidence emerges. Therefore, in this review, the principles of physiotherapy after thoracic surgery are presented, along with a detailed description of physiotherapy interventions, with the goals of enhancing the knowledge and practical skills of physiotherapists in postoperative care units and helping them to re-evaluate and justify their traditional practices.
Keywords: Physiotherapy; Management; Postoperative; Thoracic surgery


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