Upon learning that they will need surgery, most people begin preparing for the big day following the instructions outlined by their doctor. Unfortunately, some people don’t consider what they will need once they are discharged and sent back home. That is why it is important to gather the things you will need once you are discharged before your surgery.
Antibacterial Soap and Hand Sanitizer
Using antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer frequently and properly after surgery can help prevent infection. Remember to keep your hands clean, and avoid touching the incision until you have sanitized your hands.
Trying to cook something to eat can become an extremely difficult chore after having major surgery. That is why you should stock up on frozen meals or make a casserole or lasagna the day before your surgery. This allows you to quickly heat up the food without an extra preparation. Another option is to order food that can be delivered to your house, such as pizza.
Stock Up on Medical Supplies
A walker, tub chair, catheters, incision care and bandages are a few of the items you may need to have on hand after your surgery. Making sure you have these items before your surgery saves you the hassle and possible pain of shopping for the items after your surgery. Furthermore, avoid purchasing low quality medical supplies and instead choose items recommended by your doctor. Using high quality Cure medical catheters, for example, helps reduce the chance of problems associated with poorly made products.
Comfortable and Loose Clothing
Clothing with waistbands, buckles and zippers can rub against your sensitive incision causing unnecessary pain. In addition, nobody wants to deal with tight uncomfortable outfits while recovery from major surgery. Wearing loose clothing after a surgery can help you feel a bit more comfortable and allows your body to rest better. A better-rested body is more likely to heal faster as well.
Most patients are stuck in bed for several days or even weeks after major surgery. And essentially being cut off from the world can become boring rather quickly. Having an abundance of movies, books, music and activities– such as puzzles and small crafts — can combat boredom and help pass the time while confined to your bed.
Emergency Contact Information
Make sure to have the information on how to contact your surgeon and primary care physician in case of a complication. Calling your physician when you think there may be a problem can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and a visit to the emergency room.