I'm unsure of your options regarding training prior to surgery however my boss is recovering from hip surgery (immobilised) and can still train seated or lying down. he still manages to complete all upper body work (bench, modified good mourning, pull downs, fly, lateral raise etc). if we had the equipment we be using an upper body ergonometer to maintain CV health
i am working with a client who is post op MPFL and occurred two major problems. 1. her pt failed to restore adequate ROM and joint play of the knee 2. she suffered large size and musculature control loss due to inactivity
- From this experience i would advise you to invest in a tens machine (or find someone with one) to provide immediate stimulation to muscles like the VMO, glutes (etc) to maintain its activity and muscle bulk.
- find a trusted pt that ensures you have ROM restored ASAP to allow return to exercise
Once my client regained full ROM of the hip, knee and ankle her strength and muscularity returned quickly in which she can now squat, lunge and dead-lift without serious pain or fear of dislocation.