Going through surgery is a very taxing and laborious period of time. Recovering from surgery can be challenging for some individuals. Healing quickly requires diligence and effort in caring for the incision and the body as a whole after surgery. There are various tips that people can do to boost their health after undergoing surgery. These comprise of:
- Diet – It is very important to stick to a proper, nutritious diet that can keep the body fit and recuperate faster from surgery.
(a) Small and frequent diet – Generally people after surgery are prescribed pain medications or antibiotics which can lead to a decrease in appetite. Hence, it is very important to have small and frequent meals than very large meals to help meet nutritional demands and also avoid gaining weight. It is vital to distribute calorie intake throughout the day.
(b) Lean protein – We all are aware that protein intake is very crucial for the body as it helps with tissue repair and healing, growth, maintenance, and energy. Hence, it is important to include protein in one’s meal as much as possible. However, one should be very careful about not gaining weight. It is important to concentrate on lean or low-fat protein sources. Baked, broiled, steamed, roasted and grilled meats are preferred over frying or sautéing to avoid excess calorie intake.
(c) Vegetables – Vegetables not only helps with avoiding body weight but also ensures essential vitamins and minerals for healing post-operative diet. Vegetables like spinach, cauliflower, mushrooms, artichokes, carrots, etc. are good choices.
(d) Fiber – It is very important to include fiber in your diet. Fiber can help with preventing or relieving constipation, helping to maintain normal bowel function and a healthy weight. However, with an increase in fiber content, it is also important to simultaneously increase the water intake as this helps the body to process fiber without causing discomfort to the healing body.
(e) Adequate fluid intake – During the healing process, it is very important to drink water. Drinking plenty of water also helps with preventing weight gain by increasing satiety. As discussed above, drinking water can also help digest protein and fiber which are both highly required in a post-operative diet.
- Be physically active –It is a myth that after surgery it is important to stay in bed and not move. It is, however, a myth and it is important to be physically active. Lying in bed can trigger a lot of problems like blood clots, weakening of muscles or pressure ulcers. It is important to move around and be physically active as it shakes off the fatigue.
- Prevent heavy lifting – It is important to not lift anything that is very heavy. One should go easy on any strenuous activity until one gets the doctor’s approval.
- Quit smoking – This is mostly for people who used to smoke before surgery or someone who developed the habit after surgery as a stress-buster. Smoking prolongs the total recovery time. Not only does it delay your recovery time but it also gives other benefits like lowering the risk of cancer and developing a stronger immune system.
- Sugarless gum – Some studies have proven and suggested that chewing sugarless gum after surgery can help one’s digestive system to get back to normal, especially if someone has a bowel surgery. It has no disadvantages as such.
- Pain management – Pain is a common side effect of surgery. Pain experienced by different people is always different. It depends on the intensity whether they should pop a pill or not. If the pain experienced is not under control or gets worse it is better to take a pill or consult one’s, respective general physician.
- Social support – Along with the above-mentioned pointers, social support is also a very equally important factor when it comes to a fast and smooth recovery. Social support can do wonders for a person who is recuperating from a post-surgical phase. Giving mental support, care, and love during such time allows the patient to be strong and confident about their own recovery which in turn speeds it up. Creating a positive environment for the patient can allow them to be more resilient and improve one’s physical healing process.
These are the above tips that people can do to recover faster from surgery.