5 Things You’re Doing That Could Be Slowing Your Post-Op Recovery
Whenever we are slowed by surgical procedures, illness, or injury, it is always tempting to try and get back to regular life as quickly as possible. But while you may think your actions are speeding up the process, you might unintentionally be doing more harm than good if you go about your healing process the wrong way. Look at your 1-week post-op process and see if you might be doing any of the following five things that may be dragging out your recovery period.
1. Moving on Too Quickly
As stated above, there is nothing more frustrating than having your plans derailed by an injury or surgery and having to wait around while your body heals itself. But if you try to speed up the natural process before your system is ready to move on, you may end up making your 3, 2, or 1-week post-op waiting period infinitely longer. If you attempt vigorous activities that pop open your stitches or open you up to immunocompromise, your post-operative recovery will be a lot more arduous than if you had committed to sitting tight and waiting it out.
This is one of the reasons a comfortable setting can be so vital for a proper recovery. If your accommodations are luxurious enough, you might even want to extend your relaxing 1-week post-op stay into a 1-month post-op stay!
2. Taking it Too Slow
As paradoxical as it might seem given our previous entry, taking it too slowly with your recovery process can be just as bad for you as trying to rush it. Your body needs a routine, and simply lying around all day might end up making you weaker and impeding recovery. If you have had a procedure that still allows you to move around, you should. Depending on the kind of surgery, and the guidance your doctor gives you for your 1-week post-op routine, low-impact exercises like swimming or walking can be hugely beneficial for your recovery and your long term health as well.
This is yet another reason private nursing and accommodations could be the best choice you make when planning your post-operative recovery. In a personalized, intimate setup, your caregivers will get to know you and your needs better than a general practitioner ever could, and they will have the expertise to be able to give you the 1-week post-op care your spouse or sibling may not be able to.
And that leads us well into our next section…
3. Relying Too Much on Your Loved Ones
There will always be a strong temptation to let your spouse or siblings do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to your recovery: after all, no one knows your needs better, and family labor is quite a bit less expensive than professional care. But your loved ones are not trained in the same kind of 1-week post-op care that trained nurses and doctors are, and if they fail to notice or act on something a medical professional would ordinarily catch, it could set your recovery back significantly or have even worse impacts on your health. Plus, you never want to put the people closest to you in a position of resentment, and having them do medical tasks they are not qualified to perform on a routine basis could very well lead to that situation.
Post operative recovery is always more ideal with caring professionals who are trained to take care of you at the helm. We promise that by the time your 1-week post-op review rolls around, you will not regret making the choice to spend your time and money on people who truly know what they are doing.
4. Ignoring the Advice of Your Surgeons
The number of people who simply choose to ignore what their doctor tells them to do is pretty startling. 125,000 Americans die every year simply by not taking their medication as prescribed, and anywhere from 10-25% of hospital and nursing home admissions result from patients not diligently following their care instructions. You might find some things in your 1-week post-op regimen frivolous or unnecessary, but trust us when we say the numbers show that you are better safe than sorry when it comes to following your care routine.
Luckily, it can be much easier to follow the instructions of medical professionals if you actively enjoy the place and the people you are doing them along with. Our post-operative recovery accommodations make it so that you will never have to force yourself to go along with what your doctor orders; in fact, the closer you follow your treatment, the more likely your 1-week post-op experience might turn into a relaxing getaway!
Experience the Difference with Pearl Recovery Retreat and Wellness
We believe that no patient should ever have to choose between having an effective recovery and having a pleasant overall experience. That is why Pearl Recovery has been created to fulfill both of those qualifications with aplomb: our Viceroy L’Ermitage retreat is second to none when it comes to luxury and comfort for recovery, and you will not find more caring or qualified staff to guide your recovery anywhere in the state of California. 1 week of post-op recovery does not have to be an arduous experience when you choose to undertake it with Pearl Recovery.
To ensure you have the post-operative recovery experience that you deserve, contact us now and ask us about our rates and availability. No matter what kind of surgery you are having or what kind of treatment you require, you can make the experience a great one to remember when you choose to take your 1-week post-op rest with Pearl Recovery Retreat and Wellness today.