Surgeries, no matter how small or insignificant there are to you, are still delicate procedures that require proper aftercare.
There are a few but very important things you should and should not do in the first weeks following the surgical procedure. You have to be mindful of your every action to be able to recover fully a lot faster and avoid unwanted complications.
Do follow your doctor’s prescriptions. Take the medications as advised – for the entire period of time your doctor has directed. There are wounds that go deeper than you assume; they need proper medications taken at the right dosages for a specific amount of time for your complete healing.
Do ask for someone to help you while you are still recovering from surgery. Even though you trust that you are fully capable even when you have incision wounds, you will recover much quicker if you limit your movements and you stick to doing only light tasks in the meantime. Engaging in difficult activities such as lifting or pushing weighty items can result in excessive bleeding.
Do clean your wounds as directed by the doctor. Ensure that your incisions are clean, protected, and dry at all times to prevent infection.
Don’t engage in workouts while recovering. Activities that require major physical movements can add stress to the body and slow down healing.
Don’t stop taking your medications sooner than what your doctor advised. Your doctor knows what’s best for you so it’s better for you to follow their directions.
Don’t refuse taking painkillers. Painkillers can help you control and tolerate the pain. When you refuse painkillers, chances are you suppress doing many things because of the aches. This might seem okay for some activities you should really be avoided – such as backbreaking house chores. But if you suppress something that’s natural such as coughing, you risk developing respiratory problems, such as pneumonia.
Don’t try and get back to work too soon. Plan to be off for the required amount of time. My friend from Vancouver Asbestos Pros had a surgery and tried to get back to work after a week and ended up splitting open his stitches. Don’t be like him!