If you have had to go for surgery in the past, then you will understand that the whole process does not end after the surgery has finished. It is likely you will be feeling the effects of surgery months if not years after the operation.
You should not expect to walk out of the hospital feeling better than ever, as you will probably be feeling lower and in more pain than you have been in the past.
To ensure that your recovery process goes well and reduces the time that you are affected by surgery, you should follow these essential tips.
As soon as you come out of surgery, it is likely you will be given a whole load of different advice that you need to follow, this can be from how to care for yourself over the next few weeks, to what medicines and supplements you should be using.
Most patients will follow the advice that they believe is targeted to them and their surgery, and will overlook the advice they feel does not apply to them. However, all advice that is given is specifically targeted to you, so you should follow it all.
If you start to feel miraculous well after a few days or weeks of surgery, you may start to think that it is not important that you go to any follow-up appointments as you seem to be getting on well. However, it is essential you go to any follow-up appointments until you are officially signed off by your doctor, this will mean that they believe you are fit and ready and no longer need any more help or advice.
Your doctor may choose to see you regularly for the next 6 months, a year, or even a few years; this could potentially be to look out for something that is not visible to you.
If you have an incision/scar from the surgery, it is important that you keep it as clean as possible. You should avoid touching it, especially if you have not washed your hands previously, this will reduce the chances of an infection happening.
You should take the time to look at the incision several times a day, if you notice any differences with it, you should contact your doctor, immediately. If you notice the flesh around it turning pink, red, or lumpy, this could be a sign of infection or complications.
Allow air to get to the incision through the day when you are sitting at home relaxing, but you should cover it up with clean bandages when you are going out.
You may avoid taking painkillers, however after surgery; doctors will advise you to take painkillers whenever necessary (as long as you are following the painkillers instructions). If you are in extreme pain and refuse to take any painkillers, in some cases you can be making yourself worse.