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Do’s and Don’ts After Having a Surgery

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!

How You Should Prepare for Surgery

Before undergoing any type of surgery, most of the time, your surgeon will describe the procedure to you so that you know what will happen and have an idea of what you can expect from the surgical procedure.


Upon consultation, the surgeon will also let you know what you should and should not do before the surgery.


It might also be quite helpful for you to know how you should prepare for your surgery on your own so it would not come as a shock when the doctor finally advises you on what to do.


For most surgeries, you would be asked to bathe or cleanse your body before the procedure. Some doctors will require you to use a specific bathing soap, usually issued by the clinic or the hospital, to ensure that your body will be cleansed thoroughly.


Major surgical procedures and most surgeries that involve the digestive system require fasting for hours before the scheduled surgery. The length of time for fasting depends on the type of surgery: there are procedures that require fasting for 12 hours, there is some that call for the fasting for 8 hours. During fasting, you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything.


More often than not, surgeries will involve using anesthesia on the patient to block the pain. One of the common side effects of anesthesia is drowsiness or dizziness, therefore you should prepare for it by having someone accompany you – especially on your way home from the clinic if it will be an outpatient surgery. Even if it will be an inpatient surgery, you still need someone to assist you (help you eat, help you when you need to go to the toilet, and so on).


There will also be medications that the doctor will disallow you to take prior to surgery. This could include something as common as aspirin, so you have to pay attention to what your doctor has to say to guard your own safety.