Whether you have surgery for a health-related reason or you undergo cosmetic procedures, the one thing remains the same: you’ll need time to recover. Here are some tips that can help make the healing stages of post-surgery a bit easier for you:
Get familiar with the recovery process
Before you go into surgery, get familiar with the recovery process so that you know what to expect and avoid any surprises. From knowing the healing stages of tummy tuck scars so you can keep an eye on it to understanding how limited your mobility may be, speak to your medical provider about what you should expect post-surgery.
1. Take time off work
Sometimes, the recovery process could take time, and you’ll be unable to move around or function like normal. If you know what to expect in the recovery stages post-surgery, you’ll be able to plan ahead and take time off of work to recover.
Depending on the type of surgery you get, the recovery process may not be the prettiest, so it’s wise to make sure you schedule time to “hide away” at home.
2. Hire someone to help
If your mobility is affected, you may need to hire someone to help you clean your house or do yard work if you live alone and don’t have family or friends to help.
Whether you work with a house cleaner during your weeks of recovery or you ask a friend to come over every now and then, don’t be afraid to seek help to make life easier for you as you recover. Your home still needs to stay clean, and your garden may need tending to, so make sure to plan ahead for these various factors when planning your surgery.
3. Avoid intense activity
Throughout your recovery, you may be tempted to get back to your active lifestyle and start moving around doing the same things you usually do. If you’re a parent, it may be tempting to get back to your daily routines.
However, pushing too much too quickly can have an impact on your recovery, and you want to avoid any issues with tears or infection. Take it easy during the days or weeks that your medical provider suggests for recovery. If you push too soon, you could end up with a longer recovery time and more issues to deal with. Be patient. Consider taking online classes or picking up a stationary hobby during your recovery time to help keep your mind busy.
4. Hydration is important
Staying hydrated during your recovery time is really important to the healing process. So too is eating well. The recovery phase may be a good time to order a food subscription so that you don’t have to spend hours cooking meals, especially when your mobility is impacted.
Drink lots of water and make sure you’re eating foods that promote healing. Supplements may also be encouraged, but make sure to speak to your doctor about what’s best, especially if you’re taking any medication that supplements could interact with. When in doubt, ask, so you can stay healthy.
Recovering from surgery is something you’ll want to prepare for so that you can be taken care of, heal properly, and avoid pushing yourself more than what’s needed. It’s important to heal well from a major surgery as complications can arise if you’re not careful.
Take it easy, be patient, and take good care of yourself. From using creams for your scars as they heal to resting as the wound recovers, approach recovery with patience. You’ll soon get back to your normal life, feeling better than ever