No one likes to be laid up in bed after surgery. Follow the advice on your "get well soon" card and be back to your old self in no time.
: Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
Step 1: Maintain a positive attitude Maintain a positive attitude about yourself and your surgical procedure. Thinking about wellness can have a dramatic affect on your recovery.
Step 2: Ask questions Ask your doctor questions about what you can and cannot do during recovery. The rules of recovery are critical knowledge.
Step 3: Clean your incision and take medicine Keep your incision clean and dry. Take pain relievers as directed. If your pain lessens, lessen the dosage. Never increase your dosage without first consulting your doctor.
Step 4: Ask people to support you Ask people you know to look in on you and support you throughout your recovery.
TIP: Some medications can cause constipation, so you may require a mild laxative or additional dietary fiber.
Step 5: Eat a nutritious diet Eat a nutritious, fiber-rich diet, full of fruits and vegetables. After surgery, you can eat about 25 percent less than you normally would, but once you increase activity, increase your caloric intake.
Step 6: Develop a routine Develop a daily routine and stick to it. A scheduled day helps you recover both mentally and physically. Keep your environment tranquil and free of cigarette smoke, perfumes, and chemical odors.
Step 7: Walk When you are strong enough, begin walking a few minutes a day, building until you are able to walk at least 30 minutes easily and effortlessly.
TIP: Studies show that even a little bit of walking can dramatically improve the body's ability to heal.
Step 8: Attend physical therapy sessions Attend the physical therapy sessions prescribed by your doctor.
Step 9: Be patient Be patient with yourself and your body. Surgery takes a toll on your emotional and physical health. In time, with a healthy routine and a positive mind-set, your body will be fully healed.
FACT: In 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard, a surgeon from South Africa, transplanted the first human heart.