Singers and Abdominal Surgery
Recovery and Rehabilitation of the Respiratory Processes
by Dr. Karen Wicklund, July 3, 2000
NATS National Convention, Philadelphia
IMPORTANT: The information contained in this presentation is intended for educational purposes only. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body, and the authors, sponsoring organization, publisher, printer(s), and distributor(s) accept no responsibility for such use. Those individuals suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult their physician.
Abdominal surgery, whether of emergency or elective nature can present a major disruption in a singer's working life since open laporatomy directly affects the muscles of inspiration and expiration. Because most open abdominal procedures require anywhere from six to twelve weeks of healing time before the abdominal muscles can be fully engaged (Phipps 1991, Ch. 22), singers need adequate information in order to prepare for and recover from laporatomy. This paper will describe and illustrate the anatomy and function of the singer's abdominal musculature; behavioral and psychological preparations needed for abdominal surgery; types of abdominal surgeries/incisions affecting singing musculature; recovery expectations and rehabilative therapy of the respiratory muscles.
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