Surgery is, as is any invasive treatment, a big deal. Make the most out of yours by taking steps toward an effective, complete recovery.
Think of Surgery as an Investment
Surgery is an investment. You have invested your time, money, emotional and physical energy into this. Chances are, your loved ones have, too. That’s why it’s important to think of it as more than just a cure or solution. It’s something to get the most value out of you possibly can. This may sound obvious now, but sometimes it’s easy to get impatient, or to be so excited for any improvement we forget to think of surgery as an ongoing investment–one we can make even more worthwhile with the right lifestyle choices.
Follow a Comprehensive Post Surgery Plan
Don’t just do the bare minimum. Consult with a specialist to explore all your options to aid in your recovery. These may include physical therapy, holistic medicine, or nutrition consulting. Remember: your surgeon is on your side. They want you to experience the best possible outcome. If you have insurance limitations or scheduling issues, don’t be shy about bringing them up to find a strategy that you can stick to.
Beef Up Your Protein Intake
Nutrition is essential to recovering from surgery. Protein is especially vital to rebuilding and repairing muscles and other tissue. Fish, chicken, and other lean proteins are obvious health food picks. Kale, that trendiest of greens, is also a surprisingly rich source of protein as well, and can be quite tasty (really! we promise!) when blended in a smoothie or prepared using one of these recipes.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Chances are, you’re well aware of the need to drink more water– 2-3 liters for a healthy adult. Try these tips to remind yourself to drink up. A hydrated body is better prepared to recover.
Join A Support Group
Ask your doctor about support groups for patients recovering from surgery in your area, see if there are group classes for recovery patients at your physical therapy center, or try online forums, like this one. Spine surgery, back pain, and recovery can all be exhausting, isolating experiences–it’s nice to have someone who’s been there to share with. Do keep in mind that you should never follow medical advice, including tips for stretches or exercises, without consulting your physician first.
We hope these tips help! It takes courage to commit to surgery. Our team is honored to work with individuals who have taken this important step in improving their lives, and are dedicated to helping you live a healthier, happier life.