Methods for Staying Healthy During Post-Surgery Recovery

Methods for Staying Healthy During Post-Surgery Recovery

Many people that have time to prepare for surgery put most of their efforts into pre-surgery preparations. The reasons that patients do this vary. For example, some patients are so optimistic that they do not prepare for the potential bad outcomes even though so many things can and do go wrong after surgery. Other patients simply can’t imagine the types of changes they might need to make for an optimal recovery.

A standard recovery period of a few days or weeks can sometimes extend months or longer depending on a variety of factors. Setbacks often occur because of stress, over-extension and infection. As a result, it is important to create a recovery plan that attempts to limit these issues:

Stress

Since emotional and physical stresses are natural during the recovery process, you should always try to limit external stresses during the preparation stage. Start off by finding out how recovery might affect your living situation and then modify your home environment before the surgery. For example, you might add toilet and shower rails to your bathroom or re-position furniture to make room for a portable bedside potty, wheelchair and/or medical equipment. Additionally, you might pass out a visitation schedule to your friends and family to reduce the number of people that show up at your home at certain times when you need to rest.

Over-Extension

Everyone wants to heal fast. Yet, the human body usually requires a lot of rest and a gradual physical activity plan after any time of surgery. People often overextend themselves physically and/or emotionally during recovery. Sometimes positive statistical estimates for recovery time coupled with eagerness to heal prompts patients to overdo things. Some patients are pressured by family, friends and/or co-workers to perform too much physical effort. To prevent over-extension, you should ask someone to keep an eye on your behavior and stop you when you put too much pressure on yourself to heal faster. Also, you should make certain that the people around you completely understand your limitations.

Infection

Doctors and nurses take plenty of precautions during all phases of a surgery, such as wearing sterilized gowns, masks and gloves. This same type of care is critical at home during the initial recovery period when your immune system is working harder than ever and your body is more susceptible to illness. Ask people that have colds to stay away. Invest in bulk medical gloves and masks for any visitors or non-medical caregivers that might be sick. Lastly, make certain that fresh fruits or vegetables brought into your home are free of mold and that your caregivers regularly clean all of your living spaces.

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