Recovering After Surgery
Major surgeries are often planned in advance – as with a hip or knee replacement. Sometimes, they can be unexpected, like surgeries resulting from a car accident or blood clot. If you have a surgery planned in the near future, it can be easy to focus a lot of anxiety on the impending event. Will it be painful? Will something go wrong? A good way to deal with the worry that almost always accompanies an upcoming surgery is to make a plan for the recovery afterwards. After all, the patient has very little to do during the surgery itself. It’s the job of the doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals to make sure things go as planned. For them, it’s often just another routine day. Some medical surgical centers perform dozens of knee replacements a day! It’s the patient’s job to follow instructions and trust the professionals taking care of him or her.
Patients often feel anxious about a surgery because it seems so out of their control. Most adults do not like the idea of placing their well being in the hands of other people. By focusing your energy on planning how you will deal with the recovery, you can regain some of your sense of control over your body. After all, you will be the one responsible for making sure that you follow your doctor’s’ advice after the surgery is over. No one can recover for you.
One of the biggest things to prepare for in the aftermath of surgery is the boredom. Almost everyone hits a point where they feel that they will go crazy if they can’t get up and go about their lives normally again. A good way to combat this is to have a variety of things you can do available. Don’t rely solely on TV, novels, or puzzles to keep you occupied while you rest. You will get tired of just doing one activity all the time. Have a variety available so you can mix it up. Maybe you read in the mornings, watch a movie later on, and talk on the phone in the evenings. This way, you still have variety in your day, even if you have to spend most of it resting while you recover.
Preparation is everything, since you probably won’t feel like doing much immediately after your surgery. Establishing a stock of medical supplies ahead of time will make sure that everything is on hand when you get home from the hospital. With convenient online ordering now an option, you can rest assured that if you do run short of something, you or your caregiver won’t have to make a long drive to a medical specialty store.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that recovery is your job for this space of time. If you do your job of recovery well by eating right, taking any medication prescribed to you, and doing any exercises recommended by your doctor, you will be feeling better soon.