Objective: Aortic surgery is often performed in elderly patients, and these patients have a high risk of postsurgical muscle weakness. To reinforce purposeful postsurgical rehabilitation, we aimed to investigate the factors associated with postsurgical muscle weakness in patients who underwent thoracic aortic surgery. Methods: This retrospective cohort study analyzed data of consecutive patients who underwent elective thoracic aortic surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass, and whose knee extensor isometric muscle strength (KEIS) were measured pre- and postoperatively at University Hospital between January 2012 and December 2018. The primary outcome was percent change in KEIS (% change in KEIS). Multivariate linear regression analysis was used to identify independent risk factors for % change in KEIS. Results: Overall, 218 patients were included. Multivariate linear regression analysis showed that mechanical ventilation time, days from initial sitting to 100 m walking, and the number of exercises in the rehabilitation room were associated with % change in KEIS. Conclusions: This study may serve as a reference to stratify patients at risk of postsurgical muscle weakness. The preventive or alternative interventions in patients undergoing thoracic aortic surgery will be assessed in future studies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation