Depending on the seriousness of your injuries from an auto accident, fall down accident or motorcycle accident in Pennsylvania,surgery may unfortunately be the best chance to get you back to where you were pre-injury. Depending on your injuries, the surgical procedure might be a minor outpatient procedure or a more involved procedure requiring an inpatient stay in the hospital. For an invasive operation, a period of recovery will be necessary to help get you back on your feet again. The following sections outline what you should know as you’re recovering from surgery and what you can do to help ensure that your post-surgery recovery will be swift and complete. We will begin after you have been brought to a post anesthesia care unit and the drugs used during surgery have worn off.
Following most inpatient surgical procedures there will be a period of pain, depending on the injury or ailment being treated. It is good to expect a level of pain and to not expect it to subside immediately. You should be conscious of your level of pain — the pain should be controlled enough that you are able to move subtly, breathe deeply, and, if necessary, cough. Hospital staff should be notified regarding any pain increases.
Deep breathing and coughing was mentioned in the last paragraph because these actions are useful to recovering from surgery. Breathing treatments and coughing will heighten lung activity, staving off post-surgery ailments like pneumonia.
Watching — Learning
sometimes recovering from surgery requires more attention after you’ve left the hospital. During your hospital stay, you should pay attention to how nurses perform certain tasks as it may be necessary for you or a loved one to take over these duties. For example, if your surgery called for an incision to be made you should pay attention as nurses change your bandages.
Managing Your Diet
Rousing your body from anesthesia can be particularly rough on your digestive tract. For this reason you will need imbibe plenty of clears liquids, and possibly some stool softeners, to ease your body back into your normal diet of solid foods. Stay on top of your liquid and food intake, and ask hospital staff for advice regarding your recovery.
Once you’ve made enough of a recovery to leave the hospital your recovery continues (usually) at home. Hospital staff will offer you instructions on how to best treat your wounds. Adhere to these instructions strictly and don’t try to return to your normal routine to early. Many people try to hasten their recovery and end up aggravating their wounds. Get some rest, and contact your surgeon if pain increases. Sometimes it is necessary to use a walking aid when recovering from surgery. If this is the case, see our Carpey Law article on walking aids for advice.
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.