Senior Tip: How to Recover From Surgery Faster

Senior Tip: How to Recover From Surgery Faster
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How quickly you recover from surgery is determined by the type of surgery you have and your overall health. Find out more about how to recuperate from surgery.



Defend yourself against infection


According to the US National Library of Medicine, infection is a complication of surgery. The majority of infections happen within the first 30 days of a surgical wound's recovery. Infection can spread to the wound through the hands of a caregiver or healthcare professional, from bacteria already on your skin that have spread to the wound, from germs inside your body, germs in the air, or infected surgical instruments. If you smoke, are overweight or obese, or have poorly controlled diabetes, you are more likely to get an infection following surgery.


Make arrangements for outpatient surgical transportation


According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, even same-day outpatient surgery may require a general anesthetic. You are fully unconscious while under general anesthesia. For at least 24 hours, your coordination and reflexes may be compromised. Don't expect to be able to drive yourself home once you've been freed. Make arrangements for transportation with a friend, relative, or taxi.


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Infections are also more likely if your immune system is compromised. If you have an infection after surgery, you'll almost certainly need antibiotics. If your wound becomes infected, you may require extra surgery to clean it. Pus, a foul odor emanating from the wound, fever, redness, and discomfort are all signs of infection.


 Recover From Surgery Faster


Be informed of the risks associated with surgery


The majority of surgical problems are treatable. Surgery complications include anesthetic reaction, urine retention (inability to empty the bladder), lung problems, and hemorrhage (bleeding). If you've been discharged to your home, keep in touch with your doctor as soon as possible to address any operational issues.


Consult your doctor about pain management


After your surgery, you should anticipate experiencing some discomfort. Pain management can help you heal faster and lower your risk of problems. If you can't move because you're in too much pain, you're more likely to get pneumonia and blood clots. You may be allowed to walk around and conduct deep breathing exercises after your pain is under control, which may help you heal faster from surgery. An IV line in your arm may be used by your doctor to administer intravenous patient-controlled analgesia.

You will be able to release a dose of pain treatment by pressing a button. Oral pain medications, including opioids, may be prescribed by your doctor. Opioids entail a risk of addiction but can be used safely for a limited length of time.


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Be ready to use a urinary catheter


According to the American Cancer Society, a Foley catheter may be used to empty your pee into a bag during surgery. The doctor may remove the catheter quickly after the procedure because catheters might cause infection. The doctor may re-insert a urinary catheter if you are having problems urinating on your own. According to the US National Library of Medicine, catheters are commonly used during prostate or genital surgery. If you have an indwelling catheter, clean the area where the catheter exits the body every day with soap and water. To avoid infection, you should carefully wipe the area after each bowel movement.


If you're recovering from surgery and are in bed, change positions frequently


If you are immobile, you are at risk for pressure sores. When skin is harmed by staying in one position for an extended period of time, pressure sores (also known as bed sores) develop. Ankles, backs, elbows, heels, and hips are all common sites for pressure sores. Infections caused by pressure sores can be fatal. To avoid pressure sores change positions every two hours.



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