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Essential Aftercare Tips for Recovering from Surgery

Essential Aftercare Tips for Recovering from Surgery

If your doctor has prescribed your surgery in the near future, you might be wondering how you can make it as smooth as possible. How long will it take you to heal? Will you experience long-term pain or immobility? What should you do to transform your home into an ideal place for your aftercare?

Take some time to understand the process properly; with patience and positivity, you'll get stronger daily. 

Here are nine tips for ensuring that your healing journey is fast and easy and a list of some of the equipment you will need in your home. 


Tip #1

Follow your health care provider's instructions after surgery. This may include taking medications on schedule, returning for follow-up appointments, and performing specific exercises to regain strength. Your doctor has many years of experience, and their opinion is highly valuable.


Tip #2

Keep your follow-up appointments after surgery. Do not skip an appointment even if you are feeling better and more mobile. Your healthcare provider might be aware of things you are not, such as infections or worrisome signs, or they might want to check in with you, see how you're faring, and advise you to try something new.


Tip #3

Prevent infection after surgery by keeping your incisions clean and dry. You might also need to take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Inspect your incisions regularly for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or drainage. Even though this might be slightly uncomfortable and not so pretty, caring for your incision is essential. This may involve cleaning it gently with soap and water, applying ointment as directed, and covering it with a bandage.


Tip #4

People can often be nauseous and lethargic after surgery, and rightfully so. But make sure that you drink and eat properly after surgery, which means staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and eating a healthy diet. Avoid alcohol and other foods or substances that could interfere with your medication.


Tip #5

This might sound strange, but cough and sneeze carefully after surgery. A new incision isn't very strong, and a violent sneeze can cause a new surgical incision to open. It would help if you braced the incision, which means applying pressure to the area while coughing or sneezing. Use a pillow to support your incision when coughing or sneezing. Try not to cough or sneeze directly onto your incision.



Follow your discharge instructions carefully and know when to go to the emergency room after surgery. This is important for severe symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, or uncontrolled bleeding from your incision site.


Tip #7

You do not need to suffer unnecessarily. Control your pain after surgery with medication as prescribed by your doctor. You might also use ice packs and heat therapy to help relieve pain and swelling around your incision.


Tip #8

Get moving after surgery. This helps your body to heal and prevents blood clots from forming. Start with short walks around your house and gradually increase your activity level as you feel stronger. If you need help check out our mobility & accessories collection. 


Tip #9

Make changes to your home after surgery to make it easier for you to get around. This may involve adding handrails, sleeping downstairs, or temporarily using a wheelchair or walker.


Shop Home Med has an extensive array of medical and homecare equipment to assist you as you heal; here are some of our favorites:


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