When you book a plastic surgery with Sterling, our team will make every effort to ensure a smooth and speedy post-op experience. Before you go home, we will educate you on some tips and strategies to help the post-op process along.
Whether you’re prepping for your appointment or already home and could use a few reminders, here are our top five tips for expert post-op care. Of course, you’re welcome to call our office anytime you have questions or concerns.
Taking Care of Yourself, Post-Op
You don’t need to be a nurse to take care of yourself while you recover from surgery. The following tips are really based on common sense and keeping calm as your body recuperates. We urge all of our clients to be patient and kind to themselves while healing from surgery. Take things slow and easy — doing so will see you back on your feet and feeling better in no time. We also suggest the following:
- Don’t sweat the swelling. Post-op swelling is to be expected. To help alleviate the pain associated with post-op swelling, apply ice packs but avoid placing the packs or ice directly on your skin. Placing a thin towel or sheet between the ice and your skin will make icing the area more comfortable.
- Pay close attention to your prescriptions. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders to the T when it comes to taking any pain medication. If you’ve also been prescribed an antibiotic for any reason, it’s critical that you take all prescribed, even if you’re feeling better.
- Satisfy your appetite — even if you don’t have one. It’s perfectly normal for your normal appetite to subside while you recover. However, you’ll want to get something into your belly, especially before you take any pain medications as taking them on an empty stomach can increase feelings of nausea or dizziness.
- Dress appropriately. When it comes to your dressings and any drains that might have been required (which will be removed during your post-op appointment or thereafter depending on drainage and location), be careful to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding proper care. This means being confident that you know when to change old dressings and reapply new, clean ones, as well as recognizing the correct amount of compression needed for optimal recovery. Post-op compression garments work wonders for this and are something you will discuss with your doctor and medical staff before beginning your recovery.
- Hydrate. One more time: hydrate. Proper hydration is always important but perhaps never more so than when your body is trying to recover from surgery or sickness. Make sure you’re sipping throughout the day to support a quicker, uninterrupted healing process.
And remember, you’re not alone! Give our office a call at 603-518-5450 whenever you have questions or concerns during your post-op recovery.