Life after surgery

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Friday, February 28, 2014


AN AILMENT should never be a hindrance for anyone who has undergone surgery -- or an open heart surgery for that matter.

For Clarissa Cabije, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit (CBU) manager of the Davao Doctors Hospital's Cardiac Diagnostic Center, a patient should never alter the way he lives his life just because he undergoes a surgery.

The rehab center helps patients bring back the normal life they've once lived through a series of activities that fend off their notion of a delicate and life-threatening situation just after the procedure.

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Cabije said patients can live a normal life, although it will take some time for them to recover for fear of suffering again from heart malfunction.

"Patients can do the basic daily activity. After bypass natatakot ang patient," she said.

Hazel Morales, cardiac rehab nurse reliever, said the ultimate goal is to bring patients back to their optimum functions.

The rehab procedure starts by engaging them from simple to complex routines. A resident nurse and a doctor will monitor the patients' heart rate. A routine normally lasts an hour for starting patients, until two to three hours as they progress.

"During activities minsan nagkakaroon ng abnormalities sa heart," she said.

Morales said patients should never fear life after surgery, as they can still do the activities they are used to do before they undergo the training. In fact, some of the patients go back to work only after two months.

"May iba na palagi nalang naka-upo kasi natatakot sila kahit alam nilang gawin. Pwede mag-jogging, pwede mag-bike, back to normal living. May mga patients, na makikita ang improvement," she said.

Aside from these routines, part of the unit's rehabilitation program is integrating a diet counseling to keep track of their foods intake.

Among the equipment the center are rower, stepper, treadmill, bike, ankle weight, and dumbbells. But, the hospital may soon upgrade the center's facility soon.

"We have a nurse who is training at the Makati Medical Center," Cabije said.

Patients who have undergone training from other hospitals are also referred to Davao Doc for cardiac rehabilitation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 01, 2014.

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