6 Self-Care Tips After Surgery

6 Self-Care Tips After Surgery

 Your surgery is over, and now it’s time to heal. You may be anxious to get back to normal as soon as possible, and there are some steps you can take to help your recovery move along.

Recovery could take anywhere from a week to a few months, depending on your type of operation, and you may also experience some postoperative side effects. There are also possible complications, such as infection, too much bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, or accidental injury; but these tips, along with your doctor’s orders, can help you have a safe and speedy recovery.

  1. Take your medication to control pain. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help control pain at home. Keep in mind that it’s easier to prevent pain than it is to control it. If you have trouble controlling your pain, ask your doctor about additional measures. If your doctor has cleared you to exercise, plan to take your medication at least 30 minutes before you begin, and be sure to ease into exercising.
  2. Follow your doctor’s instructions for incision care. Here are some general tips to keep in mind:

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