Whether you have a surgery that’s optional or necessary, it will be a while before you’re back on your feet. The hard work doesn’t end because you’re surgery has been successful; if anything, the road to recovery is going to feel like more hard work because you’re under strict instructions from your doctor, and you’re trying to avoid further injury during your recovery. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can speed up the healing process.
Minimally invasive surgery
Recovery times are usually very long because your body has to heal from the incisions just as much as from the actual procedure itself. Fortunately, surgical techniques have made dramatic improvements in recent years to reduce recovery time. Most surgeons will present you with a plan to perform laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery. This means that the surgeon will make the smallest incision in your body and use a telescope and long, fine caliber instruments are inserted into the abdomen to see and perform the surgery. These incisions heal faster, thus reducing your recovery time. Either way, your doctor will always tell you how long it’ll take you to get back to normal.
The quickest way back into an operating room is an infection, so you need to know how to prevent them. Always keep your wounds clean and dry – if your surgeon has told you to avoid baths and showers, then ask for other options – and always wash your hands before touching it or changing the bandages. In fact, washing your hands is always the best thing you can do to fight infection.
Be careful when coughing or sneezing
You don’t realise how much a cough or a sneeze can jolt your whole body, until you’re trying to keep a wound closed. If you have an abdominal incision, you can do some serious harm to your incision if you cough or sneeze the wrong way. A new incision isn’t very strong and a violent sneeze can actually cause a surgical incision to open. If you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, brace your incision with your hands or a pillow to keep it in place.
Look out for blood clots
Your risk of developing blood clots increases after surgery, and some of them can make their way to the heart, lungs, or brain, preventing adequate blood flow to these organs. The best way you can prevent blood clots is to move around as much as you can after your surgery to get the blood flowing, but only do so within the limits of your doctor’s advice. However, if you notice any pain or swelling in your leg, the skin of your leg feeling hot or discoloured, or the veins near the surface of your leg appearing larger than normal, then contact your doctor immediately.
Adopt healthy habits
A healthy diet, gentle exercise, and quitting smoking will help you recover more quickly than keeping your poor health habits. Take this opportunity to develop a much healthier lifestyle post-surgery.