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Patient Surgery Guide

Getting Better After Surgery

Prevent a Fall
Activity
Tips for a Faster Recovery
Prevent a Surgical Site Infection

Prevent a Fall

Falls can be serious. Everyone who has surgery is at risk for falls because of weakness, confusion, changes in diet, medications, and being tired. Falls can lead to longer stays in the hospital or injuries.

What you can do:

  • Do not stand up if you feel weak or dizzy
  • Sit on the edge of the bed several minutes before standing
  • Wear non-skid slippers
  • Do not lean on furniture for support, call for help
  • Ask if your medications increase your risk of falling after surgery
  • Ask for help

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Activity

  • You may be asked to walk on the day of surgery.
  • Walking on the day of your surgery improves your lung function and helps you keep from losing body strength.
  • Walking also decreases your risk for blood clots and pneumonia.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions about your activity.

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Tips for a Faster Recovery

A member of our team is always here to talk with you about any questions or concerns.
Get enough sleep. Sleep helps your body heal.

  • Take your medication as directed. Be sure to
  • finish all of your antibiotics if ordered.
  • Eat healthy foods and stay hydrated. Good nutrition including lean protein is important for healing. Staying hydrated can help with problems like constipation. Talk to your doctor if you are on a special diet.
  • Do not smoke after your surgery. Smoking can prolong your healing.
  • Go to all your follow-up appointments. It is important for your doctor to check your progress and healing.

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Prevent a Surgical Site Infection

Things you can do after surgery to keep from getting infection:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after touching any kind of soiled items or body fluid. This is especially important after you have used the bathroom.
  • Tell family and friends to wash their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before and after visiting you. Ask them to wash their hands if you do not see them doing so.
  • Ask your visitors not to visit if they feel sick.
  • Always wash your hands before and after caring for your wound.
  • If the bandage on your wound becomes loose or wet while you are in the hospital, let your healthcare providers know right away so they can look at it.
  • Before you go home, your doctor or nurse should explain what you need to know about taking care of your wound. Make sure you or a family member understands how to care for your wound before you leave the hospital.
  • Before you leave the hospital, make sure you know who to contact if you have questions or problems after you get home.

If you have any questions -- ask your nurse or doctor.