Bariatric Physical Therapy
What Is the BOP?
Our Bariatric Optimization Program (BOP) helps you prepare for and recover from bariatric surgery. We guide you through a personalized exercise program, including exercises you can do at home. We help you avoid injury to joints and muscles as we help you with strength training and aerobic conditioning before your surgery. Then, following surgery, we help you minimize pain, regain motion and strength, and return to your normal activities as soon as safely possible.
BOP’s carefully monitored pre-surgical exercise program is different from personal training. This is a medically supervised exercise program. It includes monitoring your vital signs, exertion, musculoskeletal pain or any other symptoms that only a licensed medical professional can address.
Treatment may include aquatic therapy, cardiovascular conditioning, spinal stabilization, flexibility and restoration of range of motion, and strength training. Treatment focuses on correct alignment of the joints.
Bariatric physical therapy helps manage conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and/or joint pain. BOP allows you to exercise safely and reach your weight loss goals.
What to Expect from Bariatric Physical Therapy
A licensed physical therapist evaluates your strength, flexibility, balance, mobility and physical endurance. We determine a baseline of your current fitness level.
Your therapist uses these findings to develop a customized exercise program for before and after your surgery. Your therapist provides instructions for precautions, rehabilitation, mobility and exercise after surgery.
The day of your physical therapy evaluation:
- Eat a light snack 30 minutes to one hour before your evaluation.
- Arrive 30 minutes early to check in and complete paperwork before seeing your physical therapist.
- Be prepared to exercise. Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes.
Your physical therapy evaluation determines how many times you need to go to physical therapy in order to maximize your weight loss.
Insurance may cover physical therapy. Copays and coinsurance vary depending on your individual insurance plan.
We also offer a weekly Bariatric Optimization Program (BOP) support group.