Ways to Improve Recovery After Surgery

man with bandaged leg and crutches

There are many different types of surgery, but most of them have one thing in common—an extended recovery time. When you’ve had surgery of any kind, it’s important to get your rest so you can heal faster.

However, when you’re stuck in bed for weeks after surgery, it can start to feel a little overwhelming. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to make your post-op experience a less stressful and less painful one.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some practical surgery recovery tips you can use to improve your overall healing experience.

Listen to Your Doctor

After you have surgery, your doctor and/or nurses will undoubtedly give you a lot of instructions to keep in mind as you take care of yourself at home. Many times, they’ll even give you pamphlets or written instructions on ways you can promote healing after you leave the hospital. These aren’t things to just ignore or shove to the side.

Listening to the careful instructions from your doctor and keeping follow-up appointments will help to ensure everything is healing properly. Some of the instructions might sound a little extreme to you, such as not lifting anything, not showering for a certain amount of time, etc.

Yet, those instructions are in place for a reason. If you don’t follow them, you’re putting yourself at risk for getting injured or possibly opening yourself up for an infection.

Eat Well and Get Moving

A healthy diet is a smart idea all the time, but it’s especially important as you recover from surgery. It’s not uncommon to not want to eat much after surgery, but staying properly hydrated and eating the right things will speed up healing and can prevent things like nausea and fatigue. Stick with lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

You also probably won’t feel like moving much, and again, it’s important to listen to any instructions from your doctor about your mobility. If you’re able to do something as simple as taking a five-minute walk every hour or two, it can make a big difference. It, too, can help to speed up the healing process and prevent other complications.

man recovering from surgery with bedside table

Make Bed Rest Easier

One of the biggest obstacles people face when they’re stuck in bed for weeks at a time is feeling helpless and getting bored. A unique product like the adjustable atHand Overbed Table System can help to make those weeks in bed easier and less stressful, and give you back some of your independence.

Having a standard bedside table is helpful, but there’s only so much you can do with it. The atHand® Overbed Table System is equipped with everything you need to maintain your quality of life, including drawers for storage, a spacious tray table equipped with nearby power outlets, shelves, adjustable lighting, and so much more.

So, whether you want to finish your favorite book or get some work done on your laptop, the Overbed Table can make it easier for you to do and make getting plenty of rest a breeze.

Don’t let the frustration of surgical recovery get you down. By following some of these helpful tips and using the atHand® Overbed Table System to make things more convenient, recovery doesn’t have to feel so burdensome.