The date for your surgery may be getting closer. Or you maybe have already had your surgery. After surgery recovery depends on the type of surgery you are going to have. Or the type of surgery you have already had.

If you have had an outpatient procedure. Your recovery will be different from an inpatient procedure.

Below is a checklist for after surgery recovery that can be used for both procedures. However it is more applicable to inpatient procedures.

Checklist for improving your after surgery recovery

✓ Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions. This might seem obvious.  However, patients do end up with infections. And other ailments after surgery, as they did not follow the instructions that their doctor gave them.

✓ Attend Your Follow Up Appointments

Follow up appointments are important to ensure that your recovery is going well. Doctors may want to check your stitches. Your blood pressure. They may have to take your blood tests. These appointments are a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.

✓ Eat and Drink Properly

Many people don’t like eating after surgery but this can lead to constipation. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to help your body heal. Drink lots of water so your body stays hydrated.

✓ Cough and Sneeze Carefully

When coughing or sneezing you should apply pressure on your incision. Use your hands or a pillow. When you go to the toilet also apply pressure on your incision.

✓ Care For Your Incision The Right Way

It is important to keep an eye on your incision and look for any signs of infection. To prevent infection make sure you wash your hands before you touch your incision.

Follow the advice of the doctor. Usually a gentle wash with soap and water inadequate. Surgeons usually recommend you shower instead of sitting in the bath. When a scab forms don’t pick at it. It will take longer to heal.

✓ Know When To Go to the A & E

If you have bleeding, vomiting, trouble breathing, are unable to urinate you need to see your doctor. If you have any other concerns you should call the hospital on the number they gave you when they discharged you. Or call 111 which is a telephone service brought to you by the NHS.  They will give you advice or medical treatment quickly.

<h3✓ Control Your Pain

It is important to control the pain after surgery. Follow the advice of your doctor of the number of tablets and how often you should take them. You shouldn’t wait until you are in unbearable pain. Controlling your pain will help your healing process.

✓ Get Moving

It is important to move after surgery even if you can walk a few steps. Walking is one of the most important things you can do after having a procedure.

Essential after surgery home care

It is essential that you follow the checklist about for after surgery home care. Otherwise, you could have serious complications after your surgery.

It takes times and energy to heal from surgery. However, if you follow the doctor’s instructions your body will heal. Some people do too much too soon and they continue to have pain or heal slowly.

It is important to listen to your body. Eat, sleep and rest as much as possible.

What are your options if you have no one to help after surgery

If you have no one to help you after surgery. West Midlands Home Care are happy to assist you. We can help with personal care including bathing and cleaning your incision. Cooking your meals. And doing your household chores.

If you want someone to stay with you in at night we have staff that are able to stay with you. You also have the option of live in care.

We are happy to discuss your requirements.

We wish you all the best for your surgery.

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