Tips to Help You Recover After Surgery
Surgeries have gone through various changes over the centuries, but they remain vital in treating a wide variety of medical conditions. While anesthesia machines help your body manage the pain during the surgery, you still have to endure a lot before you’re back to tip-top shape. Here are some tips for recovering after a surgery.
- Before the surgery even takes place, make sure everything is ready for when you return. That includes a well-stocked fridge and all your necessary bills paid. Arrange your furniture to so as to minimize trips up and down stairs, and make sure your house is relatively clean and in order.
- Rest. It’s probably the main thing you’ll hear from your doctor and everyone around you. As much as you hate lying around all day, it’s a necessary step to recovery. Almost as soon as you get yourself off those used surgical tables, find a comfy bed or couch to station yourself for the next few days or weeks, depending on your procedure.
- Follow your doctor’s rules. If she tells you not to climb stairs, then follow her instructions. This will aid the healing process and prevent you from potentially undoing what the surgeon did.
- Get good continuous sleep. During sleep, your body takes extra time to repair itself. Many people take naps throughout the day, which isn’t entirely bad, but it will interrupt the normal sleep cycle, causing you to stay awake at night.
- Make sure you have plenty of quiet, relaxing activities to keep yourself occupied. You will no doubt be tired, sore, and a little out of it thanks to the painkillers. Read, watch TV or movies, or find an otherwise calming hobby. Your mental health is as important as your physical health at this time, so being bored won’t help your recovery.
- Don’t use your recovery period as an excuse to eat terrible foods. Eat healthy, soft, easily digestible foods that leave few crumbs or residue. Protein is especially important during recovery. The amino acids in protein help rebuild tissue. But don’t assume your body can only run on steaks. Eat your fair share of fruits and veggies as well.
- Stay hydrated as well, making sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. This helps overall nutrition and ensures that your “plumbing” is in proper working order.
- As soon as you’re able (and your doctor okays it), get in some light exercise. Start with an easy exercise routine. You don’t have to wear yourself out or use any advanced medical machines; just get your heart pumping. This might be as simple as going for a walk every day. This will probably be welcome relief after staying in bed for so long, but exercise will also keep your muscles from atrophying and help you regain your balance, strength, and flexibility.