Having a condition that requires surgery can be worrisome. You are probably uncertain of the outcome, but it is life changing, so you have to go through it. You have to make a choice and go through with it to get better. After going through the surgery successfully, that doesn’t mean you will regain your health status. What you do after the operation will matter a lot and can even affect the future. This guideline should see you through without severe damages. Some of these things you won’t even hear from a surgeon.
- Inappropriate use of medicines can be dangerous
There are several postoperative medications that the surgeon will prescribe for you. Most of the drugs for post-operative care will include the painkillers since there can be severe pain following the surgery. Opioids such as morphine and codeine are highly effective in managing moderate to severe pain which is the case in post-surgery patients.
The pain may get so severe that you may be tempted to overdose with the opioids considering that they are potent analgesics that are also addictive. As such you will find most post-surgery patients getting opioid addiction. Inasmuch as use post-surgery has been under scrutinize due to the addiction aspects, it is crucial in healing since they will alleviate the pain that often deters the recovery process. You will have to quit smoking during this time.
2. You have to eat well
It is quite often that you will feel constipated and nauseated following a surgery. You may even lack appetite at times. However, good food is very crucial in helping you to heal in any disease conditions. The choice of food you take after surgery is vital in helping one to gain full recovery in good time. A healthy diet will improve your healing potential. Your diet should include lean protein to aid in wound healing by tissue formation.
The menu should also comprise of vitamins C and B12 as well as iron critical for hematological processes. Besides, having fiber and probiotics will help boost the immune system and combat infections that may worsen the situation. On the other hand, certain foods should be out of your menu for a while as you recover since they will impede your healing. Sugary foods and soft drink should be avoided since they can worsen the inflammations. It is vital that you eat even if you don’t feel like doing it.
3. Careful physical therapy is vital
Following surgery, you will hear people say that you stay on the bed. They will take care of you, and your support system will be at optimal performance then. Even though sufficient rest and sleep will be essential to healing after surgery, you should not stay static. It may be painful moving around, but you have to try walking and doing light exercise. The range of activity should be progressive and escalating by timing. If you are not sure of what to do about this, then you should not hesitate to ask your doctor or physical therapist the appropriate approach to take.
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