Recover faster with the right type of support.
Successful recovery from surgery involves careful planning before and after your intended procedure.
Regardless of the reason for your surgery, having the right type of support after your operation can make your recovery less stressful and more productive. Some of this support will involve other professionals you’ll need to work with and help from friends, loved ones, and co-workers.
Physical Therapy After Surgery
The most common type of professional support you’ll likely need after surgery is physical therapy. If you’re not comfortable with your physical therapist, consider working with another one. You’ll be more likely to actively participate in physical therapy if you have a good rapport with your therapist. Some patients also receive support from:
- Dieticians for post-surgery diet tips
- Personal trainers for help with exercise
- Psychologists or counselors
Help Around the House
You may be temporarily restricted with the type of activities you can do as you recover. Solicit help around the house from family members and friends to handle tasks involving heavy lifting, reaching, stretching, or excessive bending.
Rearranging Your Home
If climbing the stairs will be too difficult for you, consider moving downstairs temporarily. Ask someone to move furniture or loose rugs that may be get in your way or make it difficult for you to navigate around your home.
Having a Reliable Support Team
Seek support from family members and close friends. Select one or two people you absolutely know you can count on to provide emotional support, comfort, and reassurance. If you don’t have this type of support, consider joining a patient support group or seeking support online.
Hiring In-Home Care
You may need to temporarily hire someone to provide in-home care as you heal and recover. This decision will depend on how well you did with the surgery and whether or not you have physical limitations not related to the procedure you had.
Seeking Support at Work
When you’re able to return to work, let your employer know if you’ll need any special