Post-op recovery encompasses everything that happens after your surgery to ensure you heal, rehabilitate, and regain optimal function.
If you stay in the hospital, your care continues under the direct guidance of the staff at the hospital. For many patients, however, outpatient surgery means their post-op recovery takes place at home.
In the early days of your recovery, the top concerns include:
Post-op pain management is essential during your recovery. Keeping your pain well-controlled speeds up healing, prevents chronic pain from developing, and allows you to participate in physical therapy. Don’t hesitate to talk with your provider if your medication doesn’t do the job.
After surgery, you have a higher risk of developing blood clots and lung congestion, especially if you spend too much time lying down.
Your physician encourages walking, and they give you simple exercises to improve blood flow. You may also need to wear support hose for a short time. Depending on the type of surgery, you may take medications to prevent clotting.
To prevent lung congestion, you follow a regimen that includes deep breathing and purposeful coughing. You may get an incentive spirometer that you can use at home to exercise your lungs.
Infections around the incision or deeper in the treated area are another concern. Your discharge instructions include a description about the danger signs of an infection, when to call your physician, and how to care for your incision. Never hesitate to call if you have any questions about infections.
Your ongoing recovery at home is the most critical part of your recovery. At this stage, your healing and ability to regain full function depend on your motivation and ability to follow-through with your care.
Many patients need physical therapy to accelerate healing and restore strength and balance. At first, your therapist may visit you at home. As you heal, your sessions continue in the office.
If you need medical equipment to continue your recovery, the Spring Hospital staff order the equipment and bill it to your insurance.
You have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon shortly after your procedure and regular appointments to monitor your progress. Your Spring Hospital providers are always available any time you have questions or you develop worrisome symptoms.
To learn more about post-op recovery, call Spring Hospital today.