Surgical procedures can cause undue stress. Are you feeling particularly anxious about an upcoming surgery? Have you talked to your surgeon? By receiving the appropriate postsurgical care, and knowing ahead of time what to expect, patients stand a better chance of reducing the stress of scheduled future surgeries.
Here are a few tips to get you through the process.
It’s All About the Timing
When surgeries are conducted at 9 AM on weekdays, fewer complications arise in the areas of pain management and anesthesia. Fewer incidents are reported, and those that were ended up being minor. Not only the time of day, but good timing as far as not putting off a necessary surgery lessen the chance of complications and worsening conditions.
What Are the Possible Complications?
Even with perfect timing, complications can arise. Discuss with your surgeon ahead of time what those complications might entail. Might they have an effect on the surgery itself? Will they more negatively affect your recovery? Might you have to return to the hospital to deal with them?
Have You Received Prep Instructions?
Most surgeons will give their patients pre-surgery instructions that will assist them in preparing for their upcoming surgery. This helps both the patient and the surgeon. Instructions may require the patient to stop smoking, practice healthier eating habits, get more sleep, and more. Follow them to the letter.
Picking an Experienced Surgeon And Team
Do you trust your surgeon? It seems like a silly question, but a patient that is confident in the capabilities and qualifications of their surgeon and the surgeon’s team stands a better chance of a successful outcome and recovery.
Have You Weighed All Your Options?
Surgery may not be your only option. Granted, your surgeon would likely recommend surgery given the choice, but make sure that you have explored other options (if applicable). Surgery may not be the only way to deal with your injury or affliction.
When It’s Time to Rally
The real work begins, for the patient, after the operation. Post-surgery, you will likely be confused, groggy, and possibly nauseous. Be sure to have an advocate at the ready – a friend, family member, spouse, etc. For about 48 hours after surgery, someone should be around to keep an eye you, the patient.
Your Advocate – Your Team
It’ll be easier to handle post-surgical pain management and complication prevention if you have a team helping you. Bandages may need to be changed and more. It’s entirely possible that your advocate or team will need to learn new skills in order to help you through your recovery. Make sure that someone, besides you, is around to gather discharge instructions and follow them.
Medication side effects is a particular area that your advocate or recovery team should watch for. Also watch for signs of infection, pay attention to dietary restrictions, and so on. Follow-up appointments may be necessary, as well.
A New You
Your recovery time isn’t really complete until your body has had time to fully heal. Do not rush your recovery. Make sure that your sleeping routine and eating habits are conducive to a successful outcome. Have someone help you with chores like cleaning, cooking, and more. The “normal” you were used to may have to be converted to a “new normal”.
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