You are not far from undergoing your first operation and you feel burdened by a myriad of concerns, most often related to your life right after surgery. “Will I have any permanent damage?”, “Will I be able to go back to my normal life?”, “…”. In short, so many questions to express your worry about how to get back in shape at all levels? Well, we have put together 05 of the best ways for you to get back on track.
Whether it is an ambulatory surgery (allowing the patient to leave the very same day after the operation) or a surgery using the RRAC method (Rapid Recovery After Surgery), both aim at allowing a faster recovery of the patient by acting on the recurrent factors that slow down the patient’s recovery (pain, stress, nausea…) prioritizing less invasive operations by limiting the use of catheters and drains and adapting the use of anesthesia. And all this is implemented with the aim of improving the patient’s recovery until he or she returns home.
To be sure of a quick recovery, you must act both before and after the operation.
I- The preoperative steps
In order to shorten your healing time, you should first of all be informed about the different stages of your operation, from beginning to end. In this case, you will be less stressed and will be able to actively contribute to your autonomy. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor repeatedly if you are worried.
Always in the context of planning, at least 2 to 3 days before the operation. Make advance preparations to avoid any stress that could be injurious to your health: such as filling the fridge or the pantry, asking your spouse to help you take care of your baby, buying in advance the medications that you will have been prescribed, and finally anticipating the trip back home from the hospital.
II- Move around as much as possible
It is wrong to think that staying in bed all the time will speed up your recovery. You need to move around to keep your blood flowing and prevent the risk of blood clots. UNC Health (North Carolina) trauma and acute care surgery nurse educator Beth Schreiber says “Walking after surgery is one of the most important things you can do after having a procedure,”
III- Eat healthy
Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can and stay hydrated as much as possible. Avoid fat and refined foods. All of this is aimed at keeping you in good shape, and of course to prevent complications. This is even more important if you are a newborn mother.
IV- Give yourself time to recover
It is normal that you may feel a little bored with the daily routine and want to get back to your work or other activities. It is essential that you give your body time (depending on the extent of the operation undergone) to recover little by little, do not be in a hurry. Don’t be ashamed to ask your partner to help you with household chores. Listen to your doctor’s advice and everything will be fine.
The process of returning to normal life for patients is usually a great success so there is no need to worry. What you have to do is to maintain a wholesome habit following this guide.