Whether it’s to alleviate back pain, to help towards your weight loss efforts, or for any other reason, there are plenty of good reasons to undergo surgery. However, if you have never done it before, you might be a little concerned about the impact it might have on your quality of life, and how long it will take you to get back to normal. Here are a few things you can expect after you’ve completed any surgery.
Managing the wound
Most surgeries are going to leave some wounds, such as incisions, that will take time to heal and may need some management. There may be stitches or clips that will have to stay in for some time, and you may be called back for an appointment to remove them a week or so after the surgery. If you have some dressing for your wound, then you might be able to change your dressing at home but if the doctor recommends letting a nurse do it, you should.
Be mindful of physical activity
You are going to be recommended some rest after the majority of surgical procedures, which means avoiding exercise or any strenuous activities, such as lifting heavy objects. However, this might also mean some prohibitions on sex after surgery, as well. Physical exertion and wound disruption can both jeopardize the results of your surgery, so you should pay close attention to what your body is saying and stop any physical activity at the first sign of discomfort beyond the usual aches of healing.
Dealing with post-surgical scars
Most surgeries that involve making an incision are going to leave some manner of scarring. Most doctors will take care to ensure the scar is placed where it might be easily hidden. However, there are ways that you can minimize the appearance of scars or even prevent them from appearing at all. This can include making use of creams that help lighten discolored patches of skin or cosmetic treatments that can minimize the visual impact of scars. If you’re looking very closely, you might still be able to see those marks after such treatments, but they’re going to be much less visible in day-to-day life.
When should you get in touch?
Experiencing some pain or discomfort after surgery is only natural, but you might be wondering when it’s a sign that you might need some further help. It’s recommended that you get in touch with a health care provider if you’re having trouble breathing, experiencing a fever, the site of the surgery is experiencing worsening pain, swelling, or redness, or you have any of the symptoms of infection. If you experience red streaks extending from the wound along the skin that is hot to the touch, you should seek emergency attention.
The recovery times and tips for surgical procedures are largely going to depend on the specifics of that surgery, so you will need to talk to the doctor performing it to learn more. However, hopefully, the information above gives you a better idea of what you can expect.