No one wants to have surgery, but sometimes it’s necessary. What isn’t necessary, however, is the pain and tedium of recovery. Although you will need to take some time out to recover and get over your surgery, there are lots of things you can do to help your body heal faster. Here are some of the best:
Do What the Doctor Says
Whether you’ve had a circumcision or an appendectomy, if you want to heal as quickly as possible, it’s vitally important that you listen to doctor’s orders and actually carry them out. So many people don’t do that, and that’s why they end up feeling sore and weak for longer than necessary, or why they end up dealing with infections and bleeding when they really don’t have to.
Eat a Healthy Diet
It’s important that you nourish your body post-surgery, even if you don’t feel like eating because the anaesthetic has made you nauseous. So, at the very least, try to eat something. If you can’t manage big meals, eat small snacks consisting of healthy proteins like eggs and fish, and take a multivitamin, probiotics and a fiber supplement, to ensure you get all the nutrients you need and keep things moving.
Take Some Exercise
Obviously, if your doctor has told you to stay in bed and avoid moving, you should do that, but if he says it’s okay to be active, actually exercising, and doing it regularly, will help you to feel more of your old self more quickly by keeping your system moving, so that your digestion improves and you’re less likely to suffer from blood clots.
Attend Those Appointments
If follow-up schedules are made for your post-op, then you must attend them. Your physicians schedule these appointments so that they can take a look at your internal health, as well as the external, and therefore, they may be able to see things that you can’t and sort them out before they set your recovery back.
It’s not always easy to look after your personal hygiene when you have a row full of stitches in your stomach, or your leg’s in plaster, but it’s important that you keep your body spotless if you want to avoid your wounds getting infected. If necessary, ask a trusted friend or family member to help you wash and dry yourself.
Be Careful When You Cough
When you have stitches, it’s important that you cough or sneeze very carefully by first applying pressure to the area of your incision. This will brace the area and help to prevent you popping your stitches.
Take Your Medication
I know a lot of people are loathe to take their pain medication because they’re worried about addiction issues or not being their usual alert self, but if you want to recover as swiftly as possible, taking your medication at regular intervals could be the best thing for you. It’ll enable you to get up and move around more, and it will definitely make it easier for you to get a good night’s sleep, which will obviously help with your recovery.
Although doing all of the above, should help you heal and receive faster after surgery, please do make sure to consult your doctor before you try anything, and make following his or her orders a priority.