22 February 2018

How to Speed Up Your Surgery Recovery at Home

If you’ve ever had a surgery, you know how long and difficult the recovery process can be. As you get older, it becomes increasingly difficult and you need to do anything and everything you can to help your body heal properly and as quickly as possible.

The first leg of the recovery will typically be at the hospital where you’ve had the surgery. However, after some time, you will be discharged and your recovery can continue at home. Keep in mind that being discharged from the hospital doesn’t mean that you have recovered fully. Here’s how you can help yourself.

Listen to Your Doctor’s Orders

Before letting you go home, your doctor will tell you a bunch of things you need to do if you want to heal as fast as possible. Most people have no problems following these instructions. However, there are people who insist that they can withstand anything and may decide to ignore doctor’s orders.

One of the most common instructions, and one which is most often ignored, is not to lift heavy things and work around the house. However, the chores still need to be done, so your best option is to hire a professional cleaning service to do the work for you while you recover. You can have them come over regularly each week or day, or you can call them when it suits you.

Eat Well

The immediate fallout after the surgery may leave you feeling constipated and overall nauseous, which is less than good for your appetite, but you still need to eat, especially now. At first, you will be given specially prepared food at the hospital, but once you continue your recovery at home, you will need to continue eating right.

You need to have a varied diet, as you normally do, and your doctor will likely tell you if there are foods that you need to avoid, but generally, it is sugary drinks like sports d rinks, as well as anything with high levels of sodium, meaning strongly salted foods.

On the other hand, there are foods which promote healing and can help you recover faster. Protein is vital for the healing of wounds, so make sure you have plenty of that, as well as vitamin C for the same reason , as well as infection protection.

Strengthening your blood with iron and vitamin B12 can help you as well, but probably the most important thing you can eat is plenty of fiber since it promotes a healthy digestive system.

Have Regular Check-Ups with Your Doctor

Do not mistake feeling better with complete healing. Even though you have recovered somewhat, if your doctor has asked you to do a follow-up, you definitively should not skip it. There are a few things that your doctor needs to check before you can be proclaimed fully healed. The stitches and the incision need to be healing properly, your medication may need adjustment and your blood work should show whether there's an infection.

Don’t Delay Getting Up

Start walking as soon as you feel capable of it. Not only will it help your bowels to move and help your digestion, your blood will start circulating better and the chance of developing blood clots from immobility will be significantly reduced. Just make sure that you do not overexert yourself and that you have someone with you to help you if necessary.

Even though you are probably eager to return to your normal life, there are some things that cannot be rushed or skipped, so take your time and recover properly without pressure and anxiety.

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Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.

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