Jessica Tomlinson here at Prairie Spine highlights six tips on how to be prepared before and after your surgery. Having these plans set before surgery is very important. Read the article below for more information and if you have any questions regarding your surgery or to schedule an appointment contact us at 309-691-7774.
We at Prairie Spine know that having surgery can at times be stressful, and sometimes even a little unnerving. Here are some tips to make sure you are prepared before and after surgery.
1. Listen to instructions:
When scheduling a surgery you will be given specific instructions. These instructions are for YOUR benefit. Following these instructions will ensure the safest outcome.
2. Have a driver:
You will need someone to drive you to and from surgery. Having a friend, or family member stay with you after surgery will help allow you to rest and recover.
3. Plan your travel:
If you are traveling for your surgery, you may want to consider arriving a day in advance. Finding a hotel, or staying with a friend or family member the night before surgery will eliminate the worry of traffic, or other unforeseen travel events.
4. Arrange child/animal care:
Taking care of children and pets can be a lot of work. Especially right after a surgery. We recommend arranging for assistance prior to surgery so that is one less thing to worry about.
5. Home set up:
Having your home set up for after surgery can be a real stress reliever. Making sure your home is clean, fully stocked with essentials, and clear of tripping hazards are recommended. You may even consider rearranging your space. For example: if your bedroom is on the second floor and you have a hard time climbing stairs, consider setting up alternative sleeping arrangements on the first floor.
6. Meal Prep:
Cooking dinner can oftentimes be a lot of work. Having pre-prepped or pre-made meals ready for the first couple of days after surgery can help make meal time a breeze.