As this guest post explains, if you’re scheduled to have surgery, you might be interested in ways to ensure that you can heal faster, getting you back to work, your regular routine, and even back in the gym sooner. Most of the time, successful recovery from surgery is a simple process of making sure that you follow the discharge instructions that you are given. However, there are several factors that can make this a challenge. For some patients, successful recovery means a diligent and patient process of caring for the incision and their body as a whole after the procedure. Here are some helpful tips and hints to speed up your recovery. 

#1. If Something’s Gone Wrong:

First of all, it’s important to be vigilant for anything that could have gone wrong with your surgery or the aftercare provided. Often complications will not manifest straight away, so if anything doesn’t seem right, it’s important to ensure that you get medical attention immediately. If you are suffering from complications that are a direct result of medical malpractice or a lack of sufficient care before, during or after the procedure, then you may be entitled to compensation. A good surgical malpractice lawyer can help you fight your case and get the compensation you deserve. 

#2. Follow Instructions:

Following the instructions given to you by your doctor or surgeon after the procedure might seem like a no-brainer to many, but there are several patients who only follow the ones they think are meaningful and simply disregard the others. However, it’s important to bear in mind that every instruction given to you has been for a good reason, no matter how silly they may seem at the time. 

#3. Keep to Follow Up Appointments:

Follow-up appointments after your procedure are there so that your doctor has a chance to check your progress and quickly deal with any potential complications or issues. Failing to attend these appointments increases your risk of something going wrong, and if your doctor doesn’t know about it because they have not seen you, they will not be able to provide the quick treatment that you’ll need to avoid a serious complication. 

#4. Prevent Infection:

Preventing infections is crucial after surgery. Always washing your hands before touching your incision and keeping your dressings clean and changed regularly is one of the easiest and also one of the most important things that you can do to support your recovery. 

#5. Keep Your Eye on Things:

Inspecting your incision might not be one of the most enjoyable things to do, but keeping your eye on it gives you a good idea of what it should be looking like when healing and allows you to quickly find anything that could be out of the ordinary. Take a good look at the incision several times a day – use a mirror if needed, or ask your partner or a relative for help – to determine its condition. Does it look pink or red? Are all staples and stitches intact? Is there any wound drainage?

Along with eating and drinking well, caring for the site and coughing or sneezing carefully, all of these tips can help you enjoy a speedy recovery after surgery.