Surgery is rarely an enticing process but it’s something that many of us will need to experience at a point in our lives. It’s also never going to be an “in and out” procedure, no matter what they say. You only have to log at the sheer amount of no win no fee medical negligence claims to see that.
There is always going to be an element of post-surgery recovery. So, if you’ve either just recovered from surgery or are about to go under the knife, here are a few general tips to safely help speed up the recovery process.
Follow the doctors’ advice
You’ll be given plenty of advice when you are discharged from the hospital or clinic. Don’t take this advice lightly. You might be offered a pamphlet containing the recovery advice so keep hold of that and don’t deviate from the schedule if they choose to put you on one. These are professionals who know exactly how to help you get back on your feet without pushing yourself too hard. Also, make sure you stick to any follow-up appointments the doctor might have scheduled for you.
Check the area
Checking your incisions might make you feel a little queasy at first but you should be examining it several days a day. If there is any discolouration, swelling or drainage then there might be a problem and you’ll also want to ensure that your stitches or staples have remained intact. Make sure you always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your incision as otherwise, you can introduce the potential of an infection.
Don’t go overboard
While some patients don’t want to look at their incision at all, others go too far and want to keep playing with it and scrubbing away any scabs that form. This could be counterintuitive as scabs are a perfectly natural part of the healing process. So leave it alone and stick to showers over baths until the wound has fully healed.
Eat and drink well
You might not have much of an appetite right after your surgery but remaining properly hydrated and well-fed (with the right food) is vital. A decent diet and regular hydration will promote healing and lead to fewer complications. It will also help you get over the woozy side effects of the anaesthesia, which can be quite profound in some patients.
Keep your pain under control
There are those of us who are wary of pain medication but as long as you remain within the prescribed painkillers you should be fine. Ignoring your pain or trying to “soldier on through” can end up doing you more harm than good if it’s stopping you from walking or coughing.