Recovery after Surgery

October 26, 2012

Recovery after any surgical procedure, minor or major, can be difficult, especially depending on the age and general health of the patient. Recovery however, should be relatively smooth in patients who follow the recovery protocols as prescribed by our office. Those patients will likely to feel less pain, reduce the risk of blood loss and infection and generally have a shorter recovery.

Recovery requires the body to heal itself, which is no easy task. The trauma to the body after surgery is significant and everybody reacts differently to their surgical procedure. We do know however that the following tips can significantly shorten the recovery time of any patient, young or old:

  • First, while still in the hospital or outpatient surgery center, patients should begin walking as soon as they are asked to by the nursing staff. Walking increases blood flow throughout the body which can, in turn, ward off infection. Patients who do not walk immediately or shortly after surgery are prone to developing blood clots in their legs and other complications as a result of circulatory issues. Those who previously smoked or have diabetes are particularly prone to circulation problems after surgery.
  • Once the patient has been sent home, again depending on the procedure, it is important that patient stay well hydrated and eats the right foods. A diet plan will be created for each patient so that they understand what, exactly, they need to consume after surgery to speed recovery. Hydration is important and water can do wonders for the body. Further, eating the right items and avoiding bad food such as high fat or high sugar items can help the body heal more quickly after surgery.
  • Wound care is a significant part of after surgery care as well. The incisions created by the surgical procedure, especially after an open procedure, will take some time to heal. This requires the patient to regularly clean and dress the wound. Making sure that hands are washed and dressings are clean will help speed up wound healing and reduce the chance of infection.
  • Finally, knowing what to look out for can save a patient’s as well. Any serious pain in the extremities or excruciating constant pain in the incision site may be a sign of infection. Foul smelling discharge as well as anything other than clear discharge may also be a sign of the beginnings of an infection. If any signs of infection begin to develop, call your physician immediately or dial 911 if you believe it is a true emergency.

Recovery after surgery is never easy, but it is an inevitable part of the surgical process. By following directions closely, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to recover in a safe and quick manner avoiding infection and any complications that could arise after surgery.

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