Whether you have a planned surgery coming up or you have already had your surgery, knowing how to help your body recover is important. We want to make sure that everything is done gradually and carefully, so that your body recovers fully, rather than almost recovering and then taking a few steps backwards because it was too rushed.
With these simple tips, you can help your body with the natural recovery process so you will soon feel more like yourself!
Our first tip, although it might sound obvious, is to move around when you can. Your surgeon will be able to give you a better indication of a timeframe when this might be possible, but when you are advised, it is important to get out of bed and start with small movements. This might be a few steps around the room you are in to begin with, then gradually build slightly more each day until you are feeling ready to walk outside.
When you feel ready to go outside, make sure that you go out with someone else for at least the first few times as you readjust to being back outside.
Moving is so important, as it will help to gradually rebuild muscle, it will increase the flow of the blood which aids in healing and it will be good for your mental health post-surgery. Even if building up how much you are able to move around is gradual, taking it steady is important.
Eat Plenty of Protein
The diet that you are advised to follow by your surgeon will differ depending on the type of surgery you have had, but for most surgeries, eating a good amount of protein afterwards can help to repair damaged body tissues, strengthen the immune system and also synthesize collagen.
Before your surgery (if it is pre-planned and you are able to), it would be worth bulk cooking and freezing some high protein meals, so you know that you have healthy and nutritious food ready to go in your home. Things like chilli with minced meat and kidney beans, pasta and meatballs, chicken risotto, casseroles and stews are all simple to make and can easily be frozen.
Then, when you are recovering, you can take a couple of meals out each evening and put them into the fridge and then they will be defrosted and ready to heat up the following lunch and dinner time!
It is also good to have high-protein snacks on hand, like nuts, yoghurts, seeds, peanut butter and eggs that you know will be great for your recovery.
Give Your Body The Rest It Needs
Another really simple tip but one that is often not considered is to make sure you give your body the rest that it needs. No matter what kind of surgery you have had, it puts a lot of stress on the body, so the last thing you want to be doing is trying to do too much, as this is actually going to slow down your recovery rather than speed it up long term.
So, do the things that you need to do (like the exercise suggested by your surgeon), then make sure that you also have time to sit down, sleep and simply relax to give your body the downtime it needs.
Your surgeon is likely to stress the importance of rest, as the body does a large amount of its healing during sleep, so taking a nap or a sit down whenever you feel like you need to is essential.
Whilst these tips might be very simple, they are some of the most important things you need to do in order to help your body heal well and naturally. Whether you have had a mummy makeover or knee surgery, making sure that you move around where possible, eat plenty of protein and give your body the rest it needs is key to healthy recovery.