With even the smallest outpatient surgical procedure, you will need to take it easy and heal from your wounds. Whether you had elective surgery for cosmetic reasons, a small, non-invasive operation, or a procedure with a long recovery, taking care of yourself will help you heal and get back to normal faster. If you will be taking care of yourself after your procedure, there are some items you should purchase and some situations that you should work to create and prepare for before going in for surgery and being released from the hospital for your safety.
Get the number to your doctors and nurses
With any surgery there are risks. These risks do not end once you are off the operating table. There is always the chance of something going awry during the healing stages. For this reason, you need to have the number of your doctor and your nurses saved in your phone or placed on your bedside. Be sure that the numbers are personal lines or direct numbers so that you do not have to go through the waiting game of being connected to them if calling the hospital. For issues that require immediate attendance, call emergency services.
Change out your mattress
If you will be in bed a lot, sleeping or just lying on any old mattress will not do. Change out your old mattress or your healing bed for an alternating pressure mattress. An alternating pressure mattress features chambers that will help your body's blood flow, and decrease the possibility of bed sores and other health related issues. If you are attached to your current mattress, there are also alternating mattress pads that can be added on top of your current bed that provide the same type of comfort and pressure relief.
Stock your medications and an alarm
After surgery, it is likely that you will sleep more often. This may be due to fatigue that the body generally feels while healing, or it can be caused by the medications that you have been prescribed. To make certain you take your medications on time, set an alarm for each medication time. Line the medications up on your desk in ascending order, and place a sticky note in front that tells you the time to take the medication. Set an alarm on your phone, or through your usual alarm clock, in order to continue with your prescription routine.