After having various surgeries, I’ve learned a few things to help with a smooth recovery. Yesterday, I wrote about how to prepare for a surgery. Here are simple tips for fast healing after surgery.
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13 Tips for faster healing
1. Semi-liquid Diet
Most pain medicine will cause constipation. Being on a semi-liquid diet leading up to, and after, surgery will help ease constipation. Having easy bowel movements is especially important after an abdominal surgery. It will be less painful and reduce straining and harming the surgical area.
2. Reading material
Reading will take your mind off recovering and cure restless bones. After each of my surgeries, I made sure to read the books I’d been meaning to read. It helped with boredom and kept my mind off the pain.
3. Warm liquids
It’s important to drink liquids, but warm liquids are better than cold liquids. Warm liquids will reduce gas and ease bowel movements.
4. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated will reduce pain and help heal the affected area faster. It will also help with bowel movements and reduce headaches.
5. Stool softeners
If your doctor prescribes stool softeners, take them! As stated earlier, most pain killers cause constipation, and stool softeners will help.
6. Medical book
After surgery you will most likely be on various medications. Each medication will have different doses at different intervals. Keep track of when and how much you took each medicine. Also keep track of bowel movements, temperature, and how much water you drank. This may sound trivial, but it may help if complications occur during recovery. It also helps for people like me that have trouble remembering what times I took the last medicine.
It’s important to not overdue the rest. Muscles can become cramped if not used regularly. Walk a few minutes each hour. Keep the walk slow and even paced. Don’t over do the walk. You may not feel the pain of walking because of the pain medicine, so keep it minimal.
8. Play with kids
Remember those fun bags you made before your surgery? Take them out and play with your kids one-on-one. Your recovery may make them feel lonely or forgotten. Didn’t make the bags? That’s okay. Play a card game or board game. Color with them or just talk to them. Ask them questions about their days and what they have been doing. The important part is to make them feel important, and to have your attention.
9. Warm blanket
Having a warm blanket will help with body pains and any chill you may have while lying in bed.
This is the most important of all the tips. Rest, rest, rest! Your body has underwent trauma and needs time to repair. Rest is the most essential need you can give your body. Your pain medicine will make you feel as though you’re feeling okay, but you still need to take it easy. You don’t want to cause further damage or infection. Rest now to heal faster.
11. Let others help
This is the hardest for me to do. I am use to doing everything and caring for others, so it was difficult to let my family take care of me. Don’t learn this the hard way like I did. After two of my surgeries, I didn’t let my family help me. I was stubborn and tried to do it all on my own. This resulted in infections and setbacks which caused an even longer recovery. Let your family and friends help!
12. Herbal teas
Drinking chamomile tea will help with pain. Drinking warm tea will also help ease bowel movements and keep you hydrated. Check out all of these teas.
13. Sleep mask
Use a sleep mask during the days to get more restful sleep. A sleep mask will also help with headaches should your pain medicine cause you to have headaches. More sleep masks here.