Having surgery soon? If so, preparation is key no matter the size of the surgery. Your doctor should always sit down with you to discuss any requirements before undergoing an operation. However, as a patient, there are general steps you can take in order to help your body recover faster.
Here are 3 simple tips to make your recovery easier:
Prepare Yourself Mentally
For most people, the idea of undergoing a surgical procedure makes them nervous, which is understandable. The best way to ease your nerves is to be informed. Do your research and ask your doctor any questions you may have.
Additionally, make sure that your affairs are in order if there is recovery time following your surgery. Make sure that your employer is aware, ask a neighbor to walk the dog, and have someone on hand to drive you places, or anything else that is needed.
Change Your Diet and Exercise
The healthier you are going into surgery, the better shape your body is in to recover. It’s never too late to eat better. Even if you only have a couple of weeks before your surgery is scheduled: cut back on the sodas and junk food, incorporate salads into your diet, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Exercise is just as important as adjusting your diet. Exercising isn’t just for weight loss. Cardio builds up the muscles in your heart and lungs. You want all major organs in optimal condition before undergoing the strain of surgery.
Kick the Bad Habits
This follows the same general idea as dieting and exercising: you want your body in prime condition to heal itself. Smoking increases your odds of getting a blood clot, as well as puts excess stress on your heart. Just like diet and exercise, it is never too late to make a change.
Heavy drinkers are also at an increased health risk when it comes to surgery. People who have more than two drinks daily have a higher percentage of encountering a complication during or after surgery.
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