What Happens Afterwards? Preparing for Your Needs After Surgery

Modern medicine has brought about many advancements in the healthcare industry, including countless surgical procedures to help with both health concerns and aesthetics. While many benefits can come from surgery, recovery can bring its own challenges. Before your procedure, it’s important to talk with your doctor about anticipated needs post-surgery so you can be prepared with the right resources and support.

Recovery and Transitioning Back to Normal Activities

The amount of time for recovery varies depending on the procedure and the general health of the patient. Sometimes, one surgery can sap your energy for days or weeks. As such, you might need assistance from home health care professionals and/or family members who can offer caregiving.

Not only are rest and relaxation important during recovery, but certain activities need to be avoided for a time. For example, you can’t drive for at least 24 hours after anesthesia, or for even longer if you are on strong medications. Other activities that might be affected include travel, work, exercise, sex, grocery shopping, mobility, and more.

The most important thing you can do is follow the doctor’s recommendations when it comes to postoperative care. This care will begin in the hospital recovery room immediately after the procedure. Then, you need to be prepared for the transition home, including any prescriptions, supplies, and medical support you will need. Don’t resume normal activity until you have the sign-off from your doctor after the surgery.

Resources for Your Procedure

Each surgery is unique, which is why you need to follow the personalized recommendations offered for your recovery. Your surgeon can point you to specific resources, such as information about recovery after hip replacement surgery or plastic surgery. These are some of the most common surgical treatments for older adults. Your doctor can also write a prescription for home health services when indicated.

If you are preparing for surgery and need support for postoperative care, then Windward Life Care and Windward Home Healthare just a phone call away. We offer services to help you find the best local care for all of your health needs. Call to learn more about how we can help you or a family member.