What to Do Post-Surgery to Ensure the Best Recovery
After any kind of surgery, there’s still a significant amount of work to be done – mostly by you. Your recovery depends on how you manage it, so this post describes what to do post-surgery to ensure the best recovery.
It’s a process and the better prepared you are, the more successful your recovery will be.
Doctors don’t formulate recovery plans for their health. They’re for you and following their recommendations to the letter isn’t an option – it’s an imperative.
Every type of surgery has its own set of “precautions”. You’ll be asked not to do some things and to religiously do othera. You’ll be sent home with instructions which you’ll be following if you’re serious about a full recovery.
After being in hospital, you may be tempted to head for the nearest burger and fries. But you need to eat with a keen eye to nutrition following surgery to expedite healing.
If you’re not prescribed a specific diet, follow best practices when it comes to eating right. Be sure to eat protein and foods which offer Vitamins A, C and zinc. These will make healing much easier.
Home Recovery Zone
Before you’re admitted to hospital, make sure your home is set up to accommodate your recovery. If you not able, ask a friend or relative to help.
Food in the fridge and cupboard and medical equipment ready to go are two crucial steps to take. Be sure to talk to your doctor about nutrition before hitting the grocery store. You may also want to get your meals prepared and stored in the freezer before surgery if you’re on your own.
Get all clutter and electrical cords out of the way to avoid accidents.
Know Your Limitations
This item is best discussed with you doctor. You may be asked not to drive or to use a medical appliance like a walker or cane.
But do what you can. Ask your doctor about a post-surgical program of exercise or physical therapy and then do as prescribed. Light movement, when done as recommended, can help you recovery more quickly.
Don’t Be Tough – Ask for Help
As independent and resilient as you surely are, everyone needs help from their friends and family sometimes. Don’t be proud. Ask for their support.
If you’re not near family and coordinating home visits with friends proves difficult, it’s best to hire home care in advance. This ensures that you have help when you need it.
Enjoy Your Time
Part of a health recovery is the attitude of the patient. Make sure you have plenty of books to read or catch up on your Netflix binging. Feeling good about recovery and believing that you’re going to be well soon is the best way to make recovery faster and more successful.
Give yourself something to look forward to. Plan a trip or other activities. A positive viewpoint is recovery’s best friend.
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