Needing to go into hospital for a few days for an operation can be very daunting indeed. Even if it is just a small operation that can be done on an outpatient basis, you might find that your nerves start to creep up on you.
All of this worry and stress is usually related to the operation itself, as no medical procedure is completely risk-free. But have you also considered the whole recovery period that you will face once you’re off the operating table? Most people think that recovering from a medical procedure is mostly simple and that they will be back on their feet in no time at all. However, that isn’t always the case. Here are some things that not many people tell you about recovering from an operation.
It Can Be Expensive
Your recovery could take anywhere between a couple of days and a few weeks. In some cases, if you have had a serious operation, then you might need to spend a couple of months recovering. Of course, during this time you will be unable to work. Some people end up taking time off past their statutory sick pay and will end up with no income. Hopefully, you won’t end up in this situation, but if you do, you might need to turn to a personal bankruptcy lawyer for help and advice. But as long as you save enough money in the run-up to your operation, you shouldn’t be hit too hard financially.
You Will Need Some Post-Surgery Help
No matter how much you want to be independent after your operation, you will probably still be very reliant on your close friends and family. This is especially the case for the first few days once you get home. You will likely be very weak from the operation and will need help carrying out simple jobs and tasks around your home. Plus, your low energy levels might mean you are very tired and nap often, so it’s always good to have someone around who can take care of you while you try and build up your energy.
You’ll Be Extremely Sleepy
As I’ve just touched on, you will probably need to nap a lot once you are back home. It’s important that you listen to your body and rest when it needs to. All that sleep will speed up the healing process!
Move Even if You Don’t Want to
It is important that you stay as mobile as possible during your recovery period. This can maintain good blood flow around the body and also increases the flow of lymph fluid. Ideally, you should rest for the first twenty-four hours you are home. After that, you can do some very gentle exercise, such as going for a slow walk around the block each day. Make sure that you don’t exert yourself too much, though, as this could aggravate the area that has been operated on.
Hopefully, this post has given you plenty of ideas as to how you can get back on your feet after surgery!