Get the facts on recovering from a surgical procedure.
More than 15 million Americans have surgery every year, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Whether you’re scheduled for a minor surgery, a minimally invasive surgery or a major surgery, you probably have a lot of questions about what the experience will be like.
The truth is, your actual surgery is the smallest hurdle in front of you. You’ll probably be peacefully asleep for the duration of it. Many patients focus on the surgery instead of the most important aspect of a surgical procedure: recovery. Learn what you need to know about surgery recovery.
You’re going to need help.
For the beginning stages of your recovery, make sure you have a friend or loved one to assist you. You should have help with picking up prescriptions, getting a ride home from the hospital and managing the first few days. You will probably experience pain and limited mobility. Make sure you’ll have help with things as simple as meal preparation and getting to the restroom.
You’ll have follow-up instructions.
Your surgical staff will prescribe you medication to help with pain management after your surgery. You may be required to take additional medications, such as antibiotics. It’s very important to follow all of your aftercare instructions. If you adhere to all recommendations, including attending any rehabilitation and follow-up appointments your doctor advises you to attend, you’ll heal and recover more smoothly.
You should call your doctor with any concerns.
Don’t hesitate to call your doctor if you are worried about any symptoms after your surgery. If you’re vomiting, you're bleeding, you have a fever or your pain is unmanageable, give your doctor or the hospital’s nursing staff a call. They’re used to answering questions, and it’s totally normal to want answers.
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center offers outpatient therapy that includes three areas of service — pretest, medical and surgical. Surgical services performs pre-operative assessments and prepares patients for outpatient scopes and surgeries. It also educates outpatient clients about discharge after surgery. The hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can call (772) 461-4000 if you have questions.
To learn more about what to expect as a patient at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, visit us online.