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Things to know about surgical recovery

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Recovering from surgery certainly isn’t easy. Depending on the procedure and whether you go home with healthcare assistance or entrust your care to a rehabilitation facility, the recovery time varies among patients. Here are four things Jennifer Prell, president of Elderwerks Educational Services, wants you to know about surgical recovery:

1. A variety of factors impact recovery time

Particularly as anesthesia can take quite a while to wear off. Many people are very sleepy or have some nausea symptoms.

“The pain medication ordered by your physician may help you manage your pain more easily, but different medications promote a wide variety of side effects,” Prell said.

2. There are ways to accelerate recovery

It has been proven in countless studies that activity is an essential part of the recovery process. Make sure to listen to the advice of your professional physical or occupational therapist so you can perform the exercises they suggest on your own time. Additionally, results of sleep studies often conclude adequate rest permits your body to heal faster. Eating healthy meals will also feed your body the necessary nutrients to help with a positive recovery.

3. Patience is key when it comes to recovery

When you are in recovery mode, do not take risks and always use the durable medical equipment prescribed by your doctor, such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.

“Although we all want instant results, it's important to remember that recovery takes time, so be patient,” Prell said. “The human body is an amazing structure that rebounds with proper care.”

4. Pay heed to post-op instructions

The post-surgery discharge papers received should include your instructions, emergency information and suggestions to help your recuperation.

“It’s important to ask questions at that time so your recovery goes as smoothly as possible,” Prell said. “Being an informed patient and willingly accepting professional direction makes for a positive recovery process.”

If you need more information or help finding a support group, at-home assistance, or a new senior living option, call Elderwerks for complimentary assistance.

Elderwerks Educational Services : 251 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067: 855.462.0100 : https://www.elderwerks.org/

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