The Most Useful Post Surgery Precautions You Should Know
Luckily ankle surgery does not mean that you need to stay in bed for months on end to recover. Modern orthopedics is continuing to advance, and there are a number of wonderful surgeons out there. Maybe even in your town. However, one of the keys to making a full recovery is to create a plan with your doctor. This will include what to do, and what not to do, in the immediate aftermath of your surgery.
Whilst some aspects of a post-surgery recovery plan are nearly universal. Others will depend on the type of injury you incurred and your post-surgery goal. For example, a professional athlete will want to regain full mobility, as well as come back as strong, if not stronger than before the surgery. Mere mortals might want to regain mobility without the use of aids. Whatever the case, a recovery plan will include wound care, pain management, and strength and mobility training.
Let’s look at wound care. This is all about keeping the stitches or staples clean as to ensure the wound does not become infected. In some cases, this will require changing out the packing, while in other cases it is just a matter of keeping the affected area clean and dry. However, this should not downplay the importance of wound management. One of the worst things which can happen is post-surgery infection. Not only can the infection affect the area around the wound, but it could easily spread to other parts of the body.
Next up is pain management. Surgery can be painful and in the immediate aftermath of the procedure, you are dealing with swelling and discomfort. As such, managing the pain becomes an important step in making sure a patient is comfortable. Whilst pain killers do play a role in pain management, they can be easily abused. As such other options – such as alternating hot and cold – and elevation to reduce swelling should be considered as well. Everyone has a different pain threshold, but the idea is to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible without risking addiction to pain killers.
Then we have strength and mobility training. Part of this includes physical therapy to rebuild the muscles in the affected region. But another part is just getting you back up on your feet. As such mobility aid might be used, especially just after the surgery.
No matter which mobility aid is used it should play a role in your recovery. This means ensuring that you can get around comfortably and without risking re-injury. In addition, your mobility solution should not place untoward stress on other parts of your body – such as your back or good leg. In doing so, you will be able to get back on your feet quicker.
As you can see, it is important to have a game plan following surgery. In fact, this is something that should be mapped out prior to surgery, this way you can have everything in place without having to wait.