what do i need to do before surgery?
All surgeries carry a certain amount of risk. Your surgeon needs you to do your part to help reduce the risk of infection, poor wound healing, painful scars, immobility, depression, weight gain and ultimately failed surgery. Here is my list of recommendations to get you ready 3 to 6 weeks before your surgery.
TOP 7 TIPS FROM YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST
- Decrease cigarette smoking and alcohol. Both of these unhealthy habits increase your risk of serious complications during surgery and after. So cut back now! Even better, quit all together.
- Get moving! If you are carrying extra weight, taking 5 to 10 pounds off before you go in is tremendously beneficial. Again, even a little weight loss will dramatically improve your mobility after surgery.
- Eat well and increase your water consumption. Good nutrition will give you the basic building blocks to avoid poor wound healing after surgery.
- Talk to your Doctor about your medication. If you are taking blood thinners they will need to be discontinued at least 1 week prior to your surgery. Make sure to ask your doctor about all of your medication.
- Practice meditation and pain self management at home. Science shows that even 10 minutes of meditation will help manage your pain and improve your recovery.
- Get lots of rest. Surgery is a big deal and stress and anxiety can mount before the big day. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep everyday.
- Pack all of your recovery items: including your knee, wrist or ankle brace.
Stay tuned. I will post my RECOVERY SHOPPING LIST soon. This will tell you WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE HOSPITAL & WHAT YOU WILL NEED AT HOME TO RECOVER SAFELY AND COMFORTABLY.
Yours in Health - Paragon Therapy Team