When you’re headed for surgery, there are a lot of things to get done. However, you don’t have to get lost in the mess. We have determined the things you should focus on. In our last blog, we discussed a few, and in today’s blog, we have a few more to share. Read on!
Get Ready for Your Operation
- Chances are good you won’t meet your anesthesiologist before the day of your operation. Going under anesthesia can be an unnerving concept, but you have a great resource in your surgeon. You’ll have a pre-operation appointment, so make sure you use that time to ask your surgeon about the anesthesia and look for opportunities to talk to the anesthesiologist the day of your operation.
Determine what to expect after surgery.
- Different types of surgery require different paths to recovery. For instance, you might be looking at going home after a few hours if you’ve had oral surgery. On the other hand, if you have a knee replacement operation, you’ll probably at the hospital for five days. Cardiac surgery keeps you in the hospital even longer; you can end up in the hospital for six weeks with a rehabilitation program afterward. It can also be helpful to know what kind of pain to expect, how soon you can return to regular activity, and what kinds of medication will do the most for you. Figure out how the transition back to work will happen and how much assistance you’ll need. Lastly, determine whether or not you’ll need someone to drive you home after the operation.
- Heading into surgery is no cakewalk. Just the weeks leading up to an operation can be a nonstop sprint as you try to get everything ready. If the prospect of the operation has you on-edge, we encourage you to deliberately practice relaxation techniques. Whether it is yoga, prayer, meditation, or a combination of all three, taking the time to master relaxation techniques will help you before and after your operation. You don’t have to pay to gain these valuable skills; you can find plenty of options on the internet.
Get familiar with the operation.
- You may flinch away from learning exactly what is going to happen during your operation, but it is important for you to understand. Many people find that dispelling the mystery around an operation makes it less intimidating, even if that means learning some grisly details. Your surgeon should make it a priority to explain what is going to happen during your operation, but do extra research if you have to.
Work to be at your best.
- When you have an operation looming over you and you’re dealing with the health issue it is going to solve, it can be easy to let physical care go by the wayside as you prepare the rest of your life to go on hold for a while. Try not to let that happen. Instead, take some time to be active. Even if you aren’t usually active or your condition prevents you from being active, even a little stretching can make your recovery a bit easier. Add eating well and resting enough, and you’ll give your body the best possible chance for a good recovery.
Let Us Help
At Justice Healthcare Group, we are passionate about empowering people to recover completely from their operations so they don’t have to return to the hospital due to complications. Every bit of work that we do is dedicated to providing comprehensive care in the comfort of people’s homes. Don’t face the expense of return hospital trips. Let us help. Contact us for home health care in Houston today!