Recovering from surgery can be physically, mentally, and emotionally difficult, no matter how extensive the actual operation may be. You do not have to totally dread the process, though. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a comfortable surgery and post-op experience:

The Standard Prep

Before any surgical procedure, be sure to follow the instructions your doctor has given you, up to 24 hours before the operation. For most surgeries, you will be instructed to avoid eating or drinking for a specified amount of time or to shave around the area that will be operated on. It is also a good idea to avoid wearing contacts, jewelry, makeup, or nail polish during the operation. You don’t need to look your best, after all!

Hygiene Matters!

Before and after an operation, taking a nice warm shower or bath will help calm the nerves. Be sure to stock up on some soap and other personal care items so that you will not have to shop for them after your surgery. 

It is also recommended to bring a list of allergies and medications, along with your daily medication if the doctor allows.

Finally, you will likely want to feel as comfortable as possible after your surgery. With that in mind, be sure to invest in plenty of warm scarves and blankets to keep you warm.

Stave off Boredom

Arguably the most important thing to bring to your surgery is something to do afterward. After sleeping for hours and hours, the time you spend under observation can get pretty boring. To remedy this, bring things you can do in bed. A book, knitting materials, phone or tablet, and even handheld video games can distract you in the hours you’re awake with nothing to do. Just make sure you remember your chargers!

Dress Comfortably

Before your surgery, doctors may need you in a hospital gown or loose clothing. Afterward, it is best to bring a few sets of comfy clothes that you can change into. Loose-fitting pajamas, shawls, sweaters, and hats are great post-op fashion choices. Of course, always review how your movement may be restricted after the surgery. That way, you can plan what clothes will be the easiest to put on.

Optional Essentials

While these items are not necessary, a comfortable hospital stay is much better than one spent in discomfort. When you arrive before your operation, make sure you have a safe place to store your items, and potentially someone with you for emotional support. Surgeries can be scary!

After an operation, it is common to feel pain, sometimes for several days after the surgery takes place. Doctors will prescribe you painkillers to help relieve pain, but sometimes, alternate methods of pain management may be required. To browse pain management products, visit the Medical Supply Depot.

 

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