Recovering from surgery can sometimes be a frustrating experience. You cannot do much to speed up the process. As you struggle to accomplish tasks that you completed easily before, you may also experience stress and negative feelings due to limited mobility. Since you will know about your surgery way before you go under the knife, you can work on the recovery phase even before the surgery day.
It is important that you get into the right shape before any surgery. Regardless of the kind of surgery, you are going to have; it is always a good idea to lose a few pounds of fat and build enough muscle to recover quickly. Several doctors also recommend a few sessions of physical therapy before your surgery. Not only physical therapy sessions prepare your body it also strengthens your muscles as much as possible. Moreover, knowing what lies ahead including pain levels and rehabilitation duration are good for devising an effective post-surgery plan.
Here are ten tips to help you recover quickly from surgery.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Orders: You may not be able to drive or pursue sports for some time
- Eat The Right Foods: Add plenty of fiber and probiotics to your diet
- Use Health Supplements: Ask your physician for the vitamin supplements to speed up post surgery recovery
- Prepare Your Home: Make it ready for all your post-surgery conditions, for instance, picking up a wheelchair or installing an adjustable bed
- Benefit From Physical Therapy: Patients who get pre-surgery physical therapy sessions report a much smoother post-surgery experience. Moreover, your doctor may also prescribe physical therapy after your surgery as a crucial part of your recuperation
- Take Care Of Your Incision: Detecting an infection at an early stage can save you from a lot of pain and medication
- Prevent Constipation: The fiber (in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables) you consume before going in for your surgery can majorly contribute to preventing constipation that sometimes comes with common post-surgery medications
- Keep Your Pain In Check: Notify your doctor if you experience severe or unexpected pain
- Relax And Freshen Up: Get a warm sponge bath as frequently as you can or follow your doctor’s instructions
- Stay Positive: A negative attitude hinders your recovery; having some photos of relatives or friends around both at the hospital and home greatly help in speeding up recovery
Our main thoughts after coming out of surgery are about how to get back to our normal life. The human body is pretty good at letting you know what it wants. However, we sometimes become over-sensitive after a surgery and trivial things may seem too much to handle. Make sure you practice good breathing exercises after surgery. Consuming foods that help with wound healing after your surgery such as almonds, chicken, fish, brown rice and walnuts also go a long way in a speedy recovery.
Try relieving your pain with elevating your incision, alternating cold and heat and deep breathing techniques. If you experience less pain than before, it means you are about to move sooner.