Surgery is generally the final step in any problem and is only undertaken when more conservative measures such as physiotherapy have failed to produce the desired or optimal result. Your orthopedic surgeon will have skillfully performed a surgical procedure that is the initial step towards your successful outcome. However, you'll have to do some work in the form of exercises to optimize your results. In hospital you'll be provided with simple exercises to minimize complications such as chest infection. You may even be prescribed some early strengthening or range of motion exercises. Once you are discharged, you'll commonly require re-assessment and checking of your progress. Post-orthopedic surgery, you'll almost certainly require exercise progression to fully regain your strength, flexibility and function. Rehabilitation after surgery is generally advised after surgeries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, calf, ankle, foot and spine. The quickest, safest and easiest way to return to your day-to-day activities is by consulting a physiotherapist experienced in post-operative rehabilitation. Many operative procedures benefit from having you at your very best or strongest prior to the surgery as much as possible and can help enormously with your post-operative rehabilitation. There are many choices of exercise available for patients. If a therapist and patient work together, they can find alternatives that will greatly benefit the patient's physical condition and capability for resuming activities to almost any level.