Recovering From Surgery
Recovering from surgery can be difficult. Everyone experiences pain differently and recovers on a different timeline. Here are some general tips to help make your recovery easier:
- Take your pain medications as prescribed. If you were given a narcotic pain medication (Percocet, Vicodin, Tramadol, etc), make sure you are taking a stool softener and drinking lots of water to help prevent constipation
- Pressing a pillow to your abdomen when coughing or sneezing can help with discomfort. Bringing a pillow (make sure to place it on the outside of the seatbelt) for the ride home can also be helpful for any bumps along the way.
- Take is slow when using stairs and changing positions. Make sure you hold on to the handrail so you don’t fall.
- Set up your recovery area ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about it when you get home. Make sure you have snacks, nutritious food and plenty of water. Meal prepping ahead of time can be helpful.
- Stock up on hygiene products. Make sure you have some pads at home. You will likely be restricted from using tampons and menstrual cups for several weeks after your surgery.
- Depending on the type of surgery you had, you may be restricted from lifting anything more than 10 pounds and may be asked to refrain from any strenuous activity including housework for several weeks after your surgery. Preparing your home ahead of time can be helpful. Stock up cat litter, pet food, bottled water and any other heavy essentials. Ask a friend or loved one to help with housework during your recovery.
- You will likely be restricted from soaking in any water during your recovery. This includes baths and swimming of any kind. Set up your shower space if needed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your surgeon.