If you're scheduled for hip surgery in the next few weeks, now's the time to start preparing for the recovery. Your surgeon will be responsible for your surgery, but your recovery will depend on you, and how diligent you are about following the rules. If you're prepared, and you take care of yourself, you'll have a successful recovery. Here are four simple steps you can follow to have a successful recovery from hip surgery.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
After surgery, you might find that you're thirstier than you usually are. In part, that's your body trying to get rid of the anesthesia that's still in your body. It's also your body trying to tell you that your muscles, joints, and vital organs need additional water to keep them healthy. To avoid problems and to help your body recover quicker, it's important that you keep yourself hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Since it will be difficult for you to move around for a while, you might want to keep a case of bottled water next to your bed.
Don't Let the Pain Manage You
One of the biggest mistakes you can make after hip surgery is allowing your pain to manage you. While you're in the hospital, a nurse will ensure that you have your pain medication on a regular basis. That routine will help keep the pain under control. However, once you get home, you may be tempted to wait a bit longer for your pain medication. That delay allows the medication to leave your system, which in turn allows the pain to get out of control. The end result is that your medication has to work harder to take the pain away, which makes you think you need more. Unfortunately, taking more medication than is prescribed can have dire consequences. To protect yourself and maintain control of your pain, take your medication at the appropriate intervals, and in the prescribed dosage.
Go Slow and Steady
After surgery, you're going to have days where you feel great, followed by days where you don't feel like you can move at all. That's to be expected. However, the key to a successful recovery is to go slow and steady. For the first few days after surgery, make sure you move around a little bit each day. Remember not to overdo it on the days when you feel great.
Follow the Rehab Program
As part of the recovery process, your surgeon will order rehab services. While you're recovering, it's important that you follow the rehab program completely. Failing to follow your rehab treatment plan may result in an unsuccessful recovery. In fact, you could be left with pain and mobility limitations. Ensure a successful recovery by following through with your rehab program.