Friday, 19 July 2013

Healing and Recovering From a Surgical Procedure

By Rey Vetangelo

Whether you have gone through an electrosurgical procedure, an elective surgery or an emergency surgery, your recovery can be difficult. Understanding how to help your body recover and bounce back after any surgery can positively affect your recovery time.

If you are feeling anxious about a surgery that you know you are going to have to undergo, there are ways that you may be able to manage your anxiety. Start by talking openly with your doctor about any anxiety that you are having concerning your surgery.

As you are talking to your surgeon, be as open and honest as you can to ensure that your surgeon can address your concerns properly. You may find that your surgeon, or even your doctor, is able to provide you with some insight that helps you quell the anxiety you are feeling.

Sometimes the fear of the unknown can be a large factor in the anxiety that occurs before a surgery. Asking your doctor to walk you through the procedure is a great way to help you understand what exactly is going to happen to your body throughout the surgery.

Following your last race of the season, begin your offseason immediately. Excluding a few warm-down exercises to aid healing after your last intense workout, you should stop working out entirely for at least a week or two.

That means no late night jogs, visits to the gym, or anything; just let your body settle down and heal. Sleep as much as you can during this time. Eat healthy food that builds your muscles and immune system. Supply your body with much needed nutrients and let it get to work, uninterrupted.

Cleaning your home and putting clean sheets on your bed can help you feel more comfortable if you are going to need to recover in your bed. Prepping food for yourself before you go into surgery can help you eat healthy foods once you are healing.

As you start to talk about healing, you should understand what your body is going to be doing to heal and how you can expect yourself to feel. There may also be ways that you can prepare your body to ensure that you are in a prime position to be able to heal properly.

Take out your trash before you go into surgery and make sure that you have clear pathways to get to a restroom from the area that you will be spending the majority of your time. If you are not going to be able to be up and about, you will want to find some entertainment for yourself.

Set up a TV in your bedroom or make sure that you have enough books to keep you entertained throughout the time that you recover. Some people do not recover quickly because they have a difficult time staying in bed but if you can keep yourself entertained, you may find that it is easier.

Understand the importance of getting yourself ready for your surgery and you may find that your recovery process is easier than you thought it would be. You may also find that you are able to have more peace of mind concerning your procedure if you are ready for the healing process.

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