13 Tips for Fast Healing After Surgery

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.

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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.


7. Walk

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.


10. Rest

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.


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15 thoughts on “13 Tips for Fast Healing After Surgery

  • July 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Having reading material is always important after surgery. I always make lists of TV shows and blogs I want to catch up on for really bad days during recovery, then I check out a lot of books from the library as well. That way I have something to do no matter how foggy I am from pain and medication, without getting bored.

    • July 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

      That’s a great idea! I checked out some books before my surgery and I was able to read them during recovery. A great way to pass the time.

    • July 9, 2015 at 1:53 am

      Those are all great tips!

      I’d add real Vitamin C, magnesium (any form that ends in “ate”: taurate, citrate, etc.), and a good probiotic! All help healing and help digestion, and magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and sleep aid. Also, I’d cut out all sugar until fully recovered.

      • July 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

        Normally, I would agree; however, some of my medications have negative reactions to magnesium. My physician requested I stop all supplements until my medication is stopped. I completely agree with cutting out sugar, too! It’s definitely a hindrance in recovering.

  • July 12, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I had a surgery last April to have a brain tumor removed and I’m still working on the healing.
    It is not always easy. Each surgery is different, each person is different… Patience is being my main tool. Most of the times it is not easy, but I’ll get there again.

    • July 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      It’s not always easy, and I pray that you will fully recover soon. And, you’re right – each person and surgery is different. Listening to your body is key. Thank you for sharing!

  • July 13, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    This is such a fantastic list Brandi, it will help many who are recovering! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party, I hope you will join us again this week! Pinning 🙂

    • July 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks, Chantal!

  • June 24, 2016 at 8:27 am


    Really a good post indeed ! Great share on this topic. Keep sharing and updating your audience with newer updates.

    Dr. Omi Jindal

    • June 24, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Thank you! And thank you for reading!

  • March 17, 2018 at 3:21 am

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  • November 4, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Good suggestions! I’m recovering from total hip replacement. I took my IPad, which covered the reading material and medical book. I also put my favorite soothing music on it. I have one CD that induces a bio-feedback calming response. I’ve used it for 5 surgeries.

    Other suggestion is to start the stool softener a few days before the surgery and double it on the day and following surgery. This prevented the constipation.

    Another suggestion is yoga! I increased my yoga classes to 3 times per week. This provided overall body strengthening, weight loss and calm.

  • April 7, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Good day,
    Please could you tell me how long after a colanoscopy does it take to have a normal stol

    • May 9, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Hi, Martie! Great question! My stool returned to normal within a day or so. If you have any concerns, please ask your physician. Thanks for reading my article!

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