4 Ways to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery and Recoveryby Joseph Marie General Orthopedic surgery can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. The surgery is going to solve a problem and relieve pain you have been experiencing, in the long run, but the recovery process can sometimes be long and painful. Orthopedic surgery recovery almost always has an impact on your daily activities, especially during the rehabilitation process.
Planning for your surgery and being prepared in advance for the rehabilitation process will make your life easier while you recover.
Before Surgery You Will Need To:
Complete any physical therapy that your physician has prescribed or suggested - Your surgeon may recommend some exercises to strengthen your muscles and help you gain flexibility before surgery. Following the physician or physical therapist’s advice will help ensure you recover in the strongest, most efficient way possible. Make any post-operative appointments in advance so you are already scheduled once you have been cleared to start your physical therapy.
Order and pick up any pain medications as well as your normal every day medications ahead of surgery date - Your doctor may prescribe pain medication for use immediately following surgery. Make sure to fill the prescriptions, so you won’t have to suffer in pain while you wait at the pharmacy.
Preparing your home for your post-operative recovery- Make sure any medical products that you will need post-operatively are ready and in your home, and you have been instructed by a professional on their use. Make sure that if there are items that you use on a day to day basis, they are accessible and easy to reach or not in a place where you could trip and fall. You may not be able to bend, reach, stretch, or open drawers or cabinets easily the first few days while you recover.
Have a caretaker or nursing agency available- Pre-plan if you are going to need assistance walking, sitting, or taking care of yourself.
Purchase your cold therapy machine – One of the most effective ways to decrease pain and swelling is by using a cold therapy machine. Cold therapy draws heat from the body to help reduce pain and swelling. In the weeks following surgery, during the rehabilitation process, cold therapy will help you heal faster and with much less pain. The innovative design of the patented Iso-Tube Cryotherapy pads was designed in conjunction with orthopedic surgeons to deliver the highest quality cold therapy in the industry.
IsoComforter, Inc., located in South Florida, manufactures and delivers state-of-the-art, patented cold therapy products nationwide for effective pain control after back surgery, orthopedic surgery, knee replacement surgery, shoulder and rotator cuff surgery.
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