Postoperative Care & Recovery

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If you have surgery planned soon, you’re probably very interested in learning how you can heal faster and get back to your normal day-to-day life. More often than not, recovery after surgery is pretty straight-forward, especially if you follow all of the discharge instructions that are provided to you. However, following after-surgery care instructions isn’t always the easiest, especially if you didn’t take time to prepare for postoperative care and recovery ahead of time.

Here’s what you need to know about setting yourself up for safe and successful postoperative care and recovery.

Don’t Do Too Much Too Soon

It’s been a few days since surgery and you’re feeling better. While you may be experiencing less pain, this doesn’t mean that you’ll want to partake in physical activity. Getting active too quickly can have a negative impact on your post-surgery recovery.

When you’re recovering from surgery, you don’t want to risk jumping the gun and getting into too much too soon. This can cause your incision to heal improperly, or it can lead to excessive pain the next day. You don’t want to spend days recovering, only to end up back at square one.

If your doctor gave you specific information about physical activity and working after surgery, follow them. While you’re likely cleared for light, simple activities, avoid strenuous ones unless you’re cleared to do them.

Go to All Post-Op Appointments

It’s also important to go to all follow-up appointments. While this may seem obvious, many patients choose to skip their post-operative appointments because they feel good and are healing well, so going to the doctor may seem like an unnecessary trip and an unneeded expense. Yet, your doctor wants to know how you feel and will want to examine your incision to ensure you’re truly in good health and healing as expected.

Remember, physicians are trained medical professionals, and they are able to spot things that you as a patient may not know to look for. Post-op appointments are also a time when your doctor may adjust pain medication and other dosages.

Take Care of Yourself

During postoperative care and recovery, you may become your own at-home doctor. If this is the case, you need to do everything possible in order to take the best possible care of yourself. This means eating a healthy diet, staying healthy, getting enough sleep, and getting out of bed in order to prevent blood clots.

Other steps you’ll want to take in order to keep yourself in tip-top health while recovering from surgery include:

  • Using soap and water to clean your incision
  • Inspecting your incision
  • Washing your hands often
  • Sneezing and coughing carefully

While there are many dos, don’ts, and tips and tricks for a smooth postoperative recovery, the most important thing to do is to follow your doctor’s instructions and to call your doctor if anything feels wrong.

How atHand® Overbed Table System Can Help

A picture of the atHand® Overbed Table System that showcases its adjustable LED lights, one for reading and one for nighttime activities.

There are all sorts of products that are designed to make the recovery process easier, but one item that you don’t want to be without is an atHand® Overbed Table System. These table systems are especially beneficial if you’re on your own after surgery, though they can be beneficial for those who want to maintain their independence during the recovery period.

We’re proud to offer an overbed table system that includes all sorts of features, including:

  • Power & USB ports
  • Touch LED lighting
  • Storage cabinet
  • Easy-glide table
  • Two locking wheels

Moving after surgery can be limited, so, by having an atHand® Overbed Table System, you can have everything you need within an arm’s reach. Our table system offers plenty of storage so that you can have access to remotes, smart devices, medications, and anything else you need on a daily basis.

The atHand® table is designed for usability and convenience in mind. The table tray can be rotated and positioned just the way you want it. It’s also made with two locking wheels that keep the table safely in place while also offering the ability to move where you need to.

Our table system offers a smooth design, so you never have to worry about things falling in between gaps and crevices. A smooth design also lowers the risk of trapped germs and bacteria that could impact your recovery.

When it’s time to start planning for your recovery and care weeks after surgery, you’ll want to ensure you have everything you need. If you’re interested in learning more about the atHand® Overbed Table System, contact us online or call our team at (440) 628-9550. We look forward to being part of your recovery!