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How to Ensure Speedy Recovery After Surgery

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How to Ensure Speedy Recovery After Surgery

Supporting Your Recovery at Home After Surgery

When you have surgery, it is important to properly prepare and take care of your body to get back on your feet as quickly as possible. The health experts at Fox Valley Orthopedics are here to outline some simple ways you can help to support your recovery at home after your procedure.

Get Plenty of Rest

One of the best ways you can help to support a speedy and proper recovery is by getting more rest than usual. This is because your body is able to do a majority of its healing while you are relaxing and sleeping. Be sure to take some time off from work, school, or other responsibilities to allow yourself that time to worry less and relax. Take plenty of naps throughout the day and aim for the recommended 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night.

Eat a Nutrient-Dense Diet

Like many areas of your health, the foods you eat impact your body’s recovery process. When it comes to recovering from a surgical procedure, it is important that you eat a nutrient-dense diet to prevent infection while you heal.

Be sure to stock up on the following fruits and veggies before your procedure:

  • Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Berries
  • Eggs
  • Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit
  • Whole grains like wild rice and steel-cut oats
  • Poultry like chicken or turkey
  • Beans and lentils
  • Avocados
  • Nuts like almonds and cashews

Move Around

While it may seem counterproductive, it is important for you to get up and walk around after your procedure. Getting up once every hour helps to support healthy blood flow throughout your body. Before moving onto more strenuous activities, be sure to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your surgical team or call your doctor if you’re unsure.

Ask for Help When You Need It

Doing too much too often is an easy way to prolong your recovery process following a surgical procedure. Be sure to have friends and family members you can call on to help you with errands and activities around the house.

Orthopedic Care in Fox Valley

At Fox Valley Orthopedics, we can help you get back to a pain-free, comfortable life. If you have been dealing with aches and pains that have lasted for more than a week, don’t put off getting help another day. Call (630) 584-1400 today to schedule your appointment.