The Surgical Recovery Process
Understanding the post-op recovery process
is a major step in bracing for the road ahead.
If you have had surgery in the past, then you will be much better prepared to pace yourself. If you have no experience with undergoing surgery, then bolster your inner strength and your attributes of endurance, perseverance, and patience.
The mantra is:
Every day gets easier!
Repeat this mantra to yourself several times each day. The first few days are the worst. That is where patience comes in. Pace yourself — knowing that time is your friend.
Here are some guidelines for optimal recovery:
- Embrace the spirit of healing in your life. Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself. Maintain a positive attitude that you can get through this challenge. Make a healing commitment that you will heed advice and be proactive in your self-care.
- Get a lot of rest. It is important to remember that your body has been through a lot. The body needs energy to heal itself, so you should not squander that precious energy on superfluous activity. Don't push yourself to do too much too soon. Try to take a nap each day.
- Listen to your body. If you try to do too much, your body will let you know. The pain will worsen if you do not limit your activity. You may also feel exhausted, which is your body telling you to rest.
- Eat nutritious meals and snacks. Your body needs good nutrition for healing. Try to eat a well-balanced diet that includes all the essential food groups. Also, get advice from your doctor about vitamin supplements.
- Prepare for your limitations. Understanding your limitations is essential. Be a smart patient and respect the healing process. See Household Activities for more advice.
- Walk around your home each day. Walking and movement helps healing by improving circulation and promoting deep breathing. This reduces your risk of blood clots and increases the oxygen in your body.
- Maintain a positive attitude. A positive attitude will accelerate your recovery. Positive energy will spark your healing power.
Hang in there! Full recovery is on your horizon…
For more specific healing and recovery information, see Quick Clicks to Self-Care Topics.