Recovering from Surgery

Undergoing a surgical procedure of any kind can be a stressful and painful experience. Thankfully, modern medical interventions are available to minimize pain both before and after surgeries but there will still be issues of pain and discomfort and these can be greatly exacerbated by improper aftercare. It is imperative that the recovering patient listens to and follows the instructions of the attending physicians and nurses that are assisting with the recovery process. Depending on the extent and severity of the surgical procedure some patients may be able to leave shortly after the surgery (this is generally referred to as an outpatient surgery) or the patient may be required to stay in the hospital for an extended period so that the medical team can closely monitor the after effects of the procedure.

Whether at home or in the hospital it is a good idea to have comforting activities and items nearby so that the recovery process can be as easy as possible.  The patient will be experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that are brought on by the intensity of surgery and the medications that will be prescribed for dealing with pain and other such issues. One of the most commonly reported side effects of prescription pain killers, administered either orally or intravenously, is that of nausea. Because of the extent of medicines that are already being administered to the recovering patient many opt for the use of BioBands for their relief from nausea. BioaBands are adjustable bracelets that utilized acupressure methodology to bring immediate and ongoing relief from nausea without having to administer addition chemicals into the body.

Other comforting items should include calming activities to relieve boredom as sitting in a hospital room can be tedious. Of course, every patient is different and their will be a difference in each individuals reaction to the medications that will be administered following surgery. Some patients may sleep a great deal and others may stay awake despite the sedative effects of the pain killers. The best activities for patients include books and magazines for reading, crossword puzzles, word games, and any other type of written puzzles like Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, or any other sedentary activity that the patient may enjoy. Most hospitals have televisions in patient’s rooms and they can be hooked up to portable DVD players or other devices so that DVDs can be watched as well.

The patient’s comfort is paramount for recovery; however, there is also an amount of discomfort that is necessary for proper healing. It is recommended that patient’s get out of bed after surgery, as long as the doctors attending the case give the patient the go-ahead. The patient may only be asked to walk short distances at first or they doctors and nurses may want more strenuous activity, either way it is vital to proper recovery of the body that patients follow the orders of their medical team. Moving after surgery can keep muscles from atrophying as well as keeping scar tissues from hardening to such a degree that would cause loss of motion after certain surgical procedures. Still, it is equally as important for patients to not over do their physical movements. Some movement is needed but patients should avoid lifting heavy objects, unapproved exercise routines, and any other physical activity that may stress the body. There is a delicate balance that must be maintained throughout the recovery process and the doctors and nurses involved in each individual case are best able to dictate the steps a patient should take during the recovery process.