No matter what kind of surgery you have, there are things you can do to help make your recovery process go as well as possible. You can increase your chance for re-injury, infections or longer healing when you don’t take care of yourself. In order to help you have a smooth and speedy recovery, we are sharing four post-surgery recovery tips that we know will help your body through the healing process.
1. Follow your doctor’s advice
Believe it or not, many patients seem to have a hard time following even the simplest of directions from their doctor. Maybe the recommendations seem trivial, or it takes you too far out of your normal (comfortable) routine. Whatever the case may be, following your doctor’s orders is a crucial step to your post-surgery recovery. You might feel great and think you can jump back into your day-to-day activities right away. However, what you can’t always see is the internal healing process of your wounds after surgery. You put yourself at risk of dragging out healing or even re-injury when you don’t follow their advice.
2. Eat a well-balanced diet
Not everybody responds well to anesthetics and post-surgery prescriptions. If you have bowel issues and/or feel nauseous after your surgery, if might be your immediate reaction to avoid food and water. But it is very important that you stick to healthy eating post-surgery. Certain nutrients are important to incorporate into your meals, these include:
- Vitamin C & B12
There are also specific things you’ll want to avoid during your recovery:
- Sports drinks. They carry a lot of sodium which can lead to your body retaining more water, and therefore it’s hard to tell if your swelling is going down.
- Sugary foods. These can lead to increased levels of fatigue.
3. Ask for help when you need it
We get it, you don’t like to ask for help. But just so you know, asking for help when you actually do need it is OK! In fact, it can be an extremely important factor to your healing. This goes hand in hand to listening to your doctor’s advice. If you push yourself too hard too quickly, you put yourself at risk. When you are experiencing high levels of pain or immobility, it’s always a good idea to have a designated person or a couple people that you can rely on for help.
4. Go to your follow-up appointments
It is very important that you go to any/all post-surgery follow-up appointments with your doctor. They will check for things like proper suture healing, infection, and might even need to run tests. Skipping these appointments can be dangerous if something such as infection goes unnoticed and untreated.
In order to have a smooth and fast recovery, we hope you follow our advice during your next post-surgery experience. If you have any additional questions regarding your best options for post-surgery care, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
4 Post-Surgery Recovery Tips