5 Tips for a Successful Recovery After Surgery

Dec 16, 2016
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Surgery can stir up a lot of nervousness, no matter how major or minor it may be. Once you’ve gotten through the hard part of the surgery itself, however, it can be a challenge to get back on your feet. Successful recovery can be a difficult test, and healing is largely a waiting game. With a little preparation, however, you can make your recovery a lot easier and a little bit more quickly. Here are five tips for healing after surgery, so you can take control of your successful recovery and get active faster.

  1. Study Successful Recovery Instructions Carefully

Skimming instructions is fine in many contexts, but it’s not a good idea when you’re getting ready for surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with everything you need to set yourself up for a successful recovery, so use those instructions to your advantage. Go over the instructions, make sure you understand them fully and ask questions if need be so you can prepare to follow them to the letter. You’ll reduce your risk for complications and heal much more quickly if you stick to your doctor’s recommendations.

  1. Stock Your Fridge

Even if you’re going to have someone around to assist you following your procedure, stocking your fridge before you leave for the hospital automates an important step and leaves you with one less thing to worry about during your recovery. Good nutrition will help your body heal faster, and it’s much easier to eat healthfully after surgery if your kitchen is well-stocked with food prepared in advance. Freezer crock-pot meals are a great option since they can be made in bulk and stored until use. Then, the slow cooker takes over! Don’t forget to stock other healing items, like a pineapple: it contains bromelain, which can help reduce swelling and bruising. Your surgeon may also recommend bromelain tablets for your recovery.

  1. Treat Your Incision with Care

Incision sites are prone to infection, bleeding, and opening, so treat yours with respect. Move slowly and deliberately during healing, so you don’t disturb the healing process. Always wash your hands before touching your incision, and make sure you follow instructions for cleaning the wound. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call your doctor’s office and have them pull up your medical records—your doctor may need to see you.

  1. Get Comfortable

You if you are having trouble healing and feeling comfortable, just your plans. Are stairs going to be an issue? Move your essentials downstairs beforehand. Bring in any special equipment you may need well ahead of time, and set it up to make sure it functions correctly, so you’re not fumbling with it during recovery. Prepare a comfortable chair or bed to sleep in, and make sure entertainment options are close at hand. Don’t try to tough out the pain, take your prescribed medication as needed to get you through the worst of your recovery. There’s no reason to suffer when you have an effective pain reliever.

  1. Get Up and Go

Successful recovery is all about getting back on your feet, and the sooner you can safely get moving, the better. Once you feel up to it, get up and start walking slowly around the house or hospital. You’ll help reduce your risk of blood clots and deep vein thrombosis while preparing yourself for the future: getting active, strong, and fully recovered.

 

 

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Author: Sarah Daren