Facing Surgery? Prepare Ahead of Time for a Successful Recovery

When preparing for surgery, there are certain things patients need to do ahead of time to ensure that recoveries are as smoothly as possible. Whether patients are preparing themselves emotionally for what they are about to face or are preparing their homes for recovery period, patients need to ensure that they are ready.

Preparation Required for Most Surgeries

Regardless of the type of surgery, there are certain steps necessary for getting prepared. First, patients must focus on being as healthy as possible. Cut the junk food and eat as naturally as possible to improve overall health. Avoid being around sick people, if possible, because catching an illness could delay surgery. Finally, prepare an area in the home for recovery. This area should have entertainment, a recliner or even a bed in it.

Open Heart Surgery

Open heart surgery is one of the more invasive surgeries performed. Beforehand, patients should talk to their doctors about the instruments he will be using. It helps to know what each peice of equipment does or measures. If equipment or monitors beep, it can be a relief to know which sounds to expect to hear during prep and recovery. The equipment needs to be up-to-date and in good repair. Patients should ask if they can check the TEE probe repair log, for example, if the hospital keeps one, to ensure that this vital instrument will work well for the surgery.

After surgery, open year surgery patients will spend the first few days in the ICU, probably on a ventilator. After 24 to 48 hours, they will be removed from the ventilator and other support devices and moved to a regular room. Patients should expect to stay for several days. At home, they should plan to spend several weeks recovering.

ACL Surgery

Another major surgery that requires some prep time is ACL surgery. After ACL surgery, most patients will stay in the hospital overnight for observation, and will not be able to walk for at least a week. Then, after getting the go-ahead to walk, patients won’t be able to use the stairs for a while.

To accommodate these restrictions, set up an area on the first level of the home. Arrange to have someone help at home during the recovery, because recovery could take several months.

Abdominal Surgery

Abdominal surgery, such as a c-section, also requires a patient to be prepared. Recovery times will vary from one patient to the next, but if the abdominal surgery required an open incision, patients can expect at least a 24-hour hospital stay to ensure that their bowels are properly functioning. After abdominal surgery, patients will not be able to perform any heavy lifting. Patients will need help around the house for tasks that require lifting, and they must arrange for someone to help with small children. A recliner can help with getting up and down from a seated position, which can be painful.

Whether facing these or other surgeries, patients need to be ready. Preparation is the key to a successful and short recovery period. Individuals preparing for surgery should plan to follow doctors’ orders to the letter, get their bodies in as good of shape as possible prior to surgery and give themselves adequate time to rest afterwards. If they do, patients will be back on their feet in no time.

About jessstark

Jessica enjoys learning about nutrition and exercise. After helping a friend plan her wedding last year, she fell in love with weddings and the world of event planning. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves.
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