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5 Steps That Will Help You Follow Your Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

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Surgical intervention is by far the most intensive and the most efficient step you can take in fighting or preventing some medical conditions. Due to this intensity, however, the term is very frequently used to describe not only the very intervention but also the recovery process which, in the cases of hip replacement and other demanding operations, tends to be very slow and strenuous.

Still, in spite of the inconvenience, the process of rehabilitation arguably has the same impact on the success of surgical treatment, so it should be done properly to the very end. Here are a couple of useful tips that should help you to successfully go through this stressful and demanding period.

Take care of the nutrition

Poor post-surgical nutrition can cause a lot of different problems. First, unbalanced and scarce meals deprive your body of the healthy nutrients it requires to speed up the recovery process. Second, eventual weight fluctuations can further impede your mobility and cause different health issues. Here are a couple of foods that should prevent these two problems and supply your body with all the important nutrients without causing weight gain:

Lean protein – Since the post-surgical protein demand is a bit higher, your daily intake should be approximately 1.5 to 2 grams per kg of body weight.

Fermented dairy – Beneficial bacteria that can be found in products like this repopulate the digestive tract and keep the immune system in check.

Fiber – Eating a lot of fiber will help your body prevent eventual digestive problems caused by medicaments and stress.

Fruit – Excellent and low-caloric source of carbohydrates, citrus (lemon and oranges), antioxidants (deeply coloured fruits), and a bunch of useful vitamins.

Start exercising

Doing some form of physical exercise as soon as your surgeon sees fit can do a tremendous job lifting your mood, helping you regulate weight, and, depending on the surgery, drastically speed up the recovery process. If we take a look at some of the post-surgical physiotherapy guidelines provided by the government of Western Australia, we can see that the immediate post-surgery period should include easier exercises like:

  • About half an hour of walking a day
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Circulation exercises

As soon as you regain strength and mobility, you should proceed to more demanding activities like lifting and general fitness exercises.

Regain autonomy as soon as possible

Of course, you can also perform exercises tailored around your daily living assignments. If we stay for a bit in Australia and take a look at a local service that offers occupational therapy in Sydney, we can see such companies providing varied treatments aimed at regaining control over basic self-care tasks like eating, dressing, and showering. The small things like these can prove to be very powerful morale boosters in difficult post-surgical times.

Still, you should know the limits of your current abilities. Any kind of too strenuous physical labour can have a very negative effect on your health, so you should probably hire some help around the house as you gradually get back on your feet.

Prepare yourself for the period of rehabilitation

Surgical interventions are very rarely performed impromptu which means that, in most cases, you will have more than enough time to get your body, mind, and household in the state that allows for effortless recovery. In the case of mind and body, these steps consist of quitting bad habits (smoking and drinking), building energy through exercise, a well-balanced diet, and positive visualization. As for the household, you should buy moving aids, install wall handles, and adjust the bathroom for easier use by persons with disabilities.

Stay in touch with your psychologist

No matter how serious the surgical intervention you are going to undergo is, you will experience some period of impaired mobility, reduced sexual activity, and isolation. These things combined can take quite a heavy toll on the patient's moral, cause depression, eating disorders, and slow down the recovery. You must avoid this outcome at all costs. Keep in mind that rehabilitation presents only a temporary obstacle and that things will, eventually come into place. If the emotional burden you are carrying is too heavy, ask the psychologist to lend you a hand.
We hope these few tips will help you to follow through your rehabilitation process with as few problems as possible. As unpleasant as they tend to be, surgical interventions are sometimes the only way out of unpleasant medical problems. Therefore, we should treat them as such, keep our heads high and do our best to make the recovery as short and effortless as possible.

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