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The Post-Op Recovery Checklist


Surgery is a daunting prospect, no matter how minor the operation. Even the healthy among us may have to go under the knife at some point. There may be a problem with your appendix, or simply a broken bone that needs put back in place. Whatever the reason, the lead up is often full of worry.

So much so that many of us fail to consider what we’ll do during our recovery. We book the time off work, of course, but the thoughts go no further. Yet, the way in which you recover will make a huge difference to how long the process takes. Which is why we’ve put together a post-op checklist you should aim to follow. Save this for after your surgery. Or, print off a copy and keep it aside should you ever need it!

#1 Rest and relaxation is top of this list. If you push yourself before you’re ready, you’ll do more harm. Instead, take the chance to relax. When else do you get the opportunity to lie in bed all day without guilt? Listen to your body and stay there as long as you need to. Depending on the nature of your operation, this could be for a day, or a few weeks. Your doctor will let you know which. If you’re in it for the long haul, make the time bearable by stocking up on books and DVDs. If they lose their appeal, you could try some boredom busters like those mentioned on www.surgerysupplements.com. If you have a few weeks on your hands, these could be a real game changer.


#2 Thinking of the future may also be a good idea at this stage. You have the time, after all. Facing surgery often gives us a new outlook on life. You may feel the need to take note of your assets, or even protect your future by looking at life insurance sites such as lifeinsurancequote.co. This is one of those tasks many of us put off, so it’s worth turning your attention to it now. Your near-future should also come into account here, as you make plans about when you could return to work etc.

#3 Wean yourself off of medication. If you’ve been on bed rest for a long time, the chances are that you’ll be taking a fair amount of medicines. This is excellent because it keeps the pain at bay. But, it also has the downside of masking your recovery. So, there will come a time when you need to stop taking those tablets, to get an accurate idea of how you’re recovering. Do this gradually to ensure you’re not overwhelmed.

#4 Knowing when it’s time to get moving is about as crucial as your bedrest. If you don’t get going as soon as possible, your injury could fail to heal or you could lose strength. It’s a delicate balance and one that can be tricky to overcome. And, make sure to liaise with your doctor throughout.

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