Planning for recovery after surgery

November 21, 2022 Post-Hospital Care

Planning for recovery after surgery

How to plan for your recovery after surgery

In many cases, it is very possible to recover from surgery in the comfort of your own home. However, you will need to ensure the correct support is in place to make sure your transition back home goes smoothly.

It is important to ask your doctor what tasks you will not be able to perform whilst you are initially recovering, what the typical progression of healing is and then enquire about post-operative homecare to be prepared for your arrival.

Preparing your home after surgery

The changes you may need to make to your home environment depend largely on what type of operation you are undergoing as well as what your recuperation needs will be. A common challenge for post-operative patients is managing stairs and entrances/exits. For example, if your bedroom is upstairs, you may want to make sleeping arrangements on the first floor until you can climb the stairs again. Furthermore, you may benefit from installing additional grab bars and railing in your home. Some surgeries may also require you to have special equipment at homes such as chairs and lifts, oxygen tanks or other home medical equipment. The equipment needed for your post-operative care will be explained by your doctor.

Tips to prepare your home for a safe recovery:

  • Sleep on the first floor
  • Install additional railings and grab bars
  • Make sure entrances and stairways are safe
  • Remove throw rugs, clutter, and fall risks
  • Add lighting and night lights
  • Rent/buy necessary equipment before surgery

The last thing you would want is to have a fall setback all your recovery. Take the time to consider what changes will make your home a safe place.

Cover nutritional requirements

Many people lose their appetite after surgery. However, staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet can help promote healing.

After surgery, your doctor may recommend a special diet or additional dietary supplements. Ask about what diet should be maintained.

Tips to avoid falls

  • Sleep in a bedroom near a bathroom
  • Sleep on the lower level if necessary
  • Place night lights in hallways
  • Use a walker, scooter, or crutches to support your balance
  • Wear flat shoes or slippers with gripper soles

A few things to do whilst recovering from surgery

  • Discover new music
  • Watch films you have always wanted to see
  • Get lost in a good novel
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Solve crossword puzzles
  • Keep a private journal
  • Write creatively
  • Start learning a new language
  • Perform gentle exercises and stretches
  • Connect with old friends and family members

What complications should you look for?

Sometimes you may have a setback after an operation. If you spot trouble early, though, you can help avoid some serious problems. Be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Fever
  • Pain that gets worse over time
  • Pain when you use the bathroom (urinate)
  • Nausea and vomiting that does not go away
  • Racing heartbeat

Post-operative care at Cavendish Homecare

At Cavendish Homecare, we provide Post-Operative Care utilising the clinical skills and experience of Registered Nurses and Carers. We are aware of the specialist’s needs of care for all operations and the complications which can occur during recovery, such as blood clots caused by inactivity. Our Registered Nurses can assist with taking prescribed medications and check up on how you are feeling while monitoring the healing of surgical wounds to spot any signs which may be of concern.

If you are looking for Post-Operative Care at home, please contact us to see how we can assist your recovery. Our Registered Nurses can personalise your care to suit your individual needs during your convalescence.