Every patient’s body is different, which means that everyone who undergoes surgery will recover at a different rate and with differing results that may need extra attention. Through the recovery process, patients will notice that healing more rapidly is altogether possible and can be achieved in a healthy and efficient way.
Below are some tips to abide by that can speed up the recovery process after an operation:
- Rest: Letting the body heal by getting the sleep it needs and not pushing to resume normal life can promote a quicker recovery. Often, patients do not respond in accordance to what the body craves and they try to go back to work too soon or perform activities that can put pressure on surgical areas. When patients push themselves too hard, they often backtrack in recovery and end up being put out for longer than they would have been. Our bodies will tells us exactly what they desire as they work at repairing what has been altered during the operation; we should always listen to what our bodies say in that time.
- Nutrition: Coaxing the body to heal more rapidly can be done by ensuring that it is strong and healthy. Picking at food and giving in to the common loss of appetite after surgery will only keep your body in a weakened state that crawls instead of speeds through recovery. Eating nutritious and less acidic foods can also provide adequate cushioning within the stomach for any pain killers that may be prescribed for recovery.
- Hydration: As doctors always say, “Drink lots of fluids.” This normally means that you should continue to hydrate your body with water and juice to keep it healthy while you’re resting. Water naturally lubricates the body, flushes out potential infection, and helps with post-op nausea.
- Movement: Moving after surgery may seem a daunting task, but there are many parts of the body that need to remain in motion to prevent any over-tightening of tissues while in the healing phase. Movement does not have to be all at once; it can be gradual to avoid any damage to the surgical site. Avoiding unnecessary pain can be made easier by purchasing adaptive clothing that is specific to post-operation needs.
Things to avoid:
- Smoking: disrupts needed health and strength during healing process
- Aspirin: can promote heavy bleeding that can be dangerous
- Driving: not to be done while on pain killers; wait for doctor approval
- Heavy lifting: can reopen incision sites
- Soak too long in tub or hot water: can promote infection