6 Excellent Tips For Post Surgery Period

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surgery implies you would have to take some time to recover after the procedure.
The post-surgery period depends on many factors, the most important of which are the patient’s health condition

and the seriousness of the operation.

In case your surgery has already been scheduled, or if you have already had surgery and are still in a hospital, wondering about the post-surgery period, we are here to point out some challenges that are waiting for you and give you some tips on speeding up the recovery a bit.

Don’t Be Afraid of a Surgery

If you are worried about your surgery and wondering what it looks like to have surgery, calm down.

You are in a condition that possibly threatens your health seriously.

That means the surgery will remove the threat and make your life easier once the surgery is done, but you will have to take some time to heal.

Once your doctor schedules surgery, you will probably get advice on how to prepare yourself properly.

For example, some people are not allowed to eat a day before their surgery.

The usual procedure when we talk about surgery goes like this:

•    After your arrival at the hospital, you would go to a change room and put on a gown,

•    At some point, a nurse will come to you and place an IV needle in your arm,

•    After the IV narcotic painkiller works, they will take you to another hospital area,

•    You will be transferred to another area of the hospital and put a plastic mask on your nose,

•    The mask will put you in a deep sleep so you would already be unconscious for some time before the surgery begins,

•    No matter the length of the surgery process, you will feel nothing,

•    Next second, you will wake up a bit groggy and intoxicated, but the anesthesia will weaken within a couple of minutes,

•    Some patients are kept in the hospital for a day or two after the surgery, while others, especially those with relatively minor surgeries, go home the same day,

•    The second category might not feel any pain at all, while patients who had a bit more severe surgery will get narcotic painkillers.

As you can see, the procedure is very simple.

All you should do is have faith, trust your surgeon, and be calm.

Everything will be okay – you will get rid of a problem that bothered you for some time.

What a relief!

Tips On Post Surgery Period

We suppose some of you will be impatient when the surgery is done.

Life is waiting for you, but you should still take care of yourself, as your wound is fresh and your condition presents some challenges.

You may have initially thought that it would be best to lie in your bed and let you

heal naturally. However, once we start feeling a bit better, we instinctively want to get up and return to normal life and


Still, we should take some precautionary measures

before returning to routine.
The best way to do so is to follow up on some tips to help your body recover and heal faster.

1.    Doctor’s instructions and following-up appointments


Even though this tip seems obvious and normal, some patients somehow disregard the fact that their doctor is familiar with their condition before surgery and knows best what will be best for them after surgery.

If your doctor advises you not to take baths, lift heavy things, or not to go swimming – listen to him, as there is a reason why he is telling you this.

Surgeons know what it takes to heal properly and which medicines to take during recovery, which is another reason why you should follow up with the appointments.

2.   Take a look at your incision

In the meantime, between appointments with your surgeon, you can check if your incision is visible.

We know this might be a bit unpleasant or nauseous to you, but this is an additional tip on helping yourself.

We will stress how important it is to keep track of the incisions, especially not visible ones.

If blood is not working properly, a patient might get an infection, which is impossible to suppose if you are not seeing your surgeon.

What you can do about an open incision is to never touch it before you wash your hands.

Preventing infection will help your wound heal faster.

Post-surgery incisions have a different color, so you should check on the color of your incision (pink or red), drainage color, and

stitches and staples.
These indicators will tell you with certainty if your incision was infected or if it healed.

3.    Proper diet


Some people refuse food after having surgery.

However, the post-surgery process requires a patient to stay hydrated and take enough vitamins and healthy food, as these help with healing and prevent side effects of anesthesia.

Food is like fuel to your body, and your body needs some additional support in the post-surgery process.

If you want to reduce swelling and water retention, avoid

too salty food.
Salt and sodium retain water in your body

– less salt and no sports drink at all.

Sugars increase blood glucose, and you already know how important it is to keep your blood clean.

Conversely, sugar might also disrupt your immune system’s functions and postpone healing.

Some patients feel nausea and bloated post-surgery, so it would be best to eat smaller meals a couple of times during the day.

This will give you enough energy but won’t make you feel bloated or sick.

When it comes to food that does magic with wounds and incisions, we are talking about proteins here.

It would be best to include some protein in every meal during the day, as proteins fasten healing and post-surgery by re-growth and strengthening muscles and skin.

We mentioned you should stick to medications and drugs your doctor prescribed, but these will definitely induce the level of bacteria in your body.

That is why you should fight them by consuming quality and fresh probiotics.

4.    Stay hydrated

Water is your friend when it comes to the post-surgery process and recovery.

Drink at least 2 liters of water daily, but you can still cheat a bit.


If you can’t avoid flavored drinks, try tea, as many of them are great for medicinal purposes, flavored water, skim milk, or diluted fruit juice.

Watermelons, strawberries, celery, grapefruit, and zucchini are highly recommended as these contain a high degree of water and are full of vitamins.

5.    Stay active as much as you can

You might be in pain, but it is important to remember that you should start light physical activities, such as walking. In case you feel pain you could try an ankle brace. It may help.

We already mentioned your surgeon will maybe suggest avoiding some activities, but walking is a generally recommended activity.

You should walk for 10 to 20 minutes a day in order not to raise your heart rate.

If you start feeling dizziness, fatigue, or nausea, take a break and return to your home.

Why is it good for you to walk?

Some patients are prone to getting deep vein thrombosis or pneumonia during the post-surgery process.

Walking will affect your circulation positively and keep your lymph fluid.

If your surgeon recommended walking or engaging in some daily activities but you feel insecure about doing

this alone, there is always an option.
You can ask someone from

your family and friends to help you until you feel fully mobile again.

On the other hand, if you live alone or would like to do this by yourself, you can get a device that will help you with walking and provide you enough support (rollator walker, walking stick, tripod, crunch, etc.).

6.    Listen to your body

Even though light physical activity is recommended for some patients, the others should rest for some time and give their bodies a chance to heal.

You need no one to tell you when it is the right time to get up and get back to “normal” life.

Your body has specific needs, so do whatever feels best at that moment, eat, sleep, listen to music, drink, sit, etc.

The great news is that you don’t have to spend all the time in your home.

Thanks to numerous devices such as a mobility scooter or a wheelchair, you can go out and take a deep breath of fresh air.

You probably miss going to the park, shopping center, or walking by a river, so don’t miss a chance to do any of your favorite activities with the help of any mobility device.

Post Surgery Period – Conclusion

As you can see, recovery is not complicated if you follow these simple steps.

It is completely normal to take some time to heal and give your body enough energy during this phase.

Of course, your healing depends on many factors, but whatever time it takes – stay calm and patient as you want to be healthy and feel good.

Don’t rush things, listen to your body, and accept help – this is a recipe for the post-surgery process.

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Dayna C
Dayna has an incredible passion for helping others and a background as an in-home caregiver for the elderly. She left the field temporarily three years ago to stay at home with her twins, but found that she really missed working with senior citizens. She launched LoAids as a way to help not just her own loved ones and former clients, but ALL seniors live life to the fullest in their golden years.  Follow her on LINKEDIN and TWITTER. Read her LATEST POSTS. Learn more about her HERE.

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