Recovering from surgery largely depends on the procedure that was done. How quickly you can resume full activity also varies depending on the procedure. This may require you to depend on support from family and friends. Taking proper care of yourself after surgery will have a significant impact on your recovery. Remember that it takes time to get back to ‘normal’ life. Go easy on yourself and don’t get discouraged! Here are some tips that may help you to have easier recovery.
Ice packs could help to relieve pain, and may help to reduce inflammation as well. Ask your physicians if using ice packs can help to ease the pain.⁵
Wound healing can be delayed by presence of infection or abnormal bacterial. Washing hands or sanitizing, wearing masks and gloves are important steps and reduce the risk of infection.⁶
Sustained pressure can delay wound healing as well. Comfort devices and soft gel pads can help to redistribute pressure and help to maintain blood flow.⁷
Protein is needed for cell growth. Ask your doctor about what type of food or nutritional drinks could help with your recovery.⁸
You might also need incision management or wound care supplies, prepare these supplies ahead of time so that you don’t need to find it after surgery.
Recovery can be boring. Stock up your favorite entertainment such as books, music, or movies before your surgery.
Your physician may recommend that you increase your water and fiber intake to prevent constipation after surgery ⁹