You should always be prepared from recovering after any kind of surgery. Here are a few tips to get you started in doing so:
- Schedule your operation on a Friday if you work on the weekdays. This will give you a little bit of time on an extra weekend to recover before returning to your job.
- Purchase about two weeks worth of groceries and household supplies. Prepare single-serving meals and freeze or refrigerate them, depending on when they will be eaten.
- Anticipate the need to reduce swelling by applying ice and elevating your head. Crushed ice can be placed in a plastic bag, wrapped in a small towel, and refreshed continuously. A dependable backrest are best used for keeping your head lifted and are usually cost less than $25 at department stores.
- Arrange transportation for the day of surgery and your follow-up appointments. Depending on the type of surgery, you should not drive on the day of surgery or while you are taking pain medication.
- Ask a friend or family member to stay with you during your first night at home after surgery. It is very helpful to have someone who is able to refresh your ice packs, prepare your food, check on you, recognize your problems, and call your doctor if necessary.
- Fill/refill prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication prior to the day of surgery. You want to be fully prepared in case of any serious pain and side effects.