Whether you’re having an elective, outpatient procedure that will only require a couple of days for recovery or you’re going in for major and necessary surgery that could leave you laid up for several days or even weeks, you’ll want to make sure that you are prepared for what you will encounter during and after your time in the operating room. You’ll have enough to deal with it in terms of pain management and moving around – you don’t need to be sweating the small stuff when recovering from a medical procedure. And proper planning can help to ensure smooth sailing during the recovery process. Here are just a few ways to prep for your surgery and recovery.
- Notify your job. Your doctor should be able to give you a basic timeline for recovery (barring any unexpected setbacks), so you shouldn’t have any trouble informing your superiors of your impending medical leave so that you can get your time off approved. In some cases, you may even be eligible for different types of pay during your recovery period. Depending on the length of your convalescence, you might take sick time, medical leave, or even workman’s compensation, all of which could ensure that you’re able to continue paying your bills while you recuperate.
- Arrange for assistance. Most surgical procedures leave you coping with some measure of pain, often entailing after care instructions that include prescription pain medication. This means that you’ll be prohibited from operating heavy machinery (read: no driving). So at the very least you’ll need to arrange for a ride home from the hospital following surgery. But you may also need help with daily tasks like preparing food, cleaning the house, bathing, moving around, and so on during recovery. So whether you have loved ones that can help or you need to hire a nurse, arranging for assistance ahead of time is essential.
- Stock up. Before your surgery, you should stock up on food, toiletries, prescriptions, and anything else you’ll need during your recovery. You could even cook and freeze casseroles so that all you have to do is reheat them in order to have an easy and nutritious meal. And don’t forget to pre-pay bills if possible. When you’re on pain medication it’s easy to forget small details like paying your mortgage or electric bill.
- Follow all instructions. Your doctor will provide you with a list of instructions to follow prior to and after your surgical procedure. It’s important to read and understand these ahead of time, as well as to provide them to your caregiver.
- Talk to your doctor about concerns. The aspect of surgery preparation that people most often neglect is the emotional preparation. Any type of surgery, no matter how simple, comes with some risk, and talking through your worries and fears is an important part of preparing yourself. So if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to cover them with your doctor. Whether you’re looking for validation that the Premier Anesthesia services being used are reputable and reliable or you want to know the potential risks and how your doctor will mitigate them, the peace of mind you’ll get from discussing your concerns with your doctor is key to being mentally and emotionally prepared for the surgery and recovery process.