If you are going to have surgery, I am sure you are interested in how you can heal faster, get back to work, and maybe even get back to the gym. Overall, the recovery that comes after surgery is usually straightforward after your discharge, however, it can be challenging.
For the majority of surgery patients, it can be simple. However, for others, recovery requires effort and diligence in caring for their body. From when you should remove your compression socks after surgery through to caring for your incision, each person is likely to be different.
Below are some tips that could help you to improve your recovery after surgery:
Follow The Advice Of Your Doctor
Some patients choose to follow some advice and disregard others that they feel doesn’t apply to them. Simple advice such as avoiding baths after a procedure may seem pointless, but there is usually a very good reason for it. So, if your doctor says no swimming, showers only, or tells you to avoid lifting items that are over a certain weight, there will be a reason. If you don’t understand why ask them.
Ask as many questions as you can come up with – this is your body you are trying to heal!
Stick To Your Follow-Ups
You may be surprised to learn that many patients don’t stick to their follow up appointment following a surgical procedure, but, even if you are healing well and feeling good, a follow is still essential.
Your doctor will want to know how you are and if your incision is healing as it should or they may be looking for something that you can’t see yourself. Your doctor may also need to do follow-up blood work, or want to make sure you have received the right level of treatment from the surgery.
Preventing infections from occurring is one of the most important things for you to do in order to make sure your recovery is speedy. Wash your hands before you touch your incision and make sure you change the bandages as instructed, in order to keep it clean.
Inspect Your Incision
If your incision is one that you can visibly see yourself, it’s best if you take a look at your incision at different points throughout the day. If it’s in an awkward place you may need to use a mirror to check it. Doing this, particularity at the start can help you to gauge the healing process and see if there is something visibly out of the ordinary.
Drink And Eat Properly
Many people don’t feel like drinking and eating after surgery, they feel sick, just not hungry, or constipated. However, staying hydrated and eating well after you have surgery can help to promote good healing and reduce complications.
It’s surprising how many people don’t follow these simple steps toward recovery, your body needs time to heal, and although you can help to improve your recovery it shouldn’t be rushed.
Are you having surgery soon? Or are you recovering from surgery? What recovery tips are you following? Please share some of them in the comments section below.