Are you worried about how to prep your house before surgery? I’ve got you!
Before your day of surgery, you must ensure your home is prepped for recovery. After your surgery, you will not have the time or energy to do this. They will give you discharge instructions after your surgery, but that’s not exactly helpful for preparing pre-surgery. I wish they gave you the information before so you can prepare weeks before surgery.
Below are my best tips and tricks to ensure your home is prepped for your recovery.
Prep For Comfort:
Come up with ways to ensure you will be as comfortable as possible for your recovery. Below are things to consider:
- Will you be laying down for your recovery or unable to lay down?
- Does any of your body need to be elevated?
- Will you be able to walk comfortably?
- Are there any clothes that will be difficult to remove during your recovery?
- What kind of diet will you be on?
- How are you going to follow-up appointments?
- What medications will you require?
- Will you be able to shower/bathe unsupervised?
- Will you have any wounds to tend to and If so will you be able to tend to them properly?
Hopefully, you won’t be alone during your recovery as it’s always nice to have someone that can help you out during this time. If you will be alone, please reach out to some friends or family to check in on you from time to time.
Things To Get:
If you’ve been following me you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Pillows! I have pillows on pillows in storage waiting to be used for surgeries.
The pillows that I recommend are:
- Chair Pillow: This is helpful if you can’t lay fully down or if you will be spending a ton of time on bed rest.
- V-Shaped Pillow: I’m obsessed with this pillow, but it’s most helpful if you can’t have your legs fully touching.
- Wedge Pillow: This is another option if you can’t fully lay down.
- Cylinder Pillow: If you need to elevate one of your limbs this pillow would help you be more comfy.
- Body Pillow: It can be used to elevate a limb or keep your legs from fully touching. As a bonus, this one is heated so it’s also a heating pad If needed.
The ice packs and heating pads that I recommend are:
- Magic Bag neck: This is recommended for the neck or throat but honestly I’ve used it for ankles, wrists, and groin areas.
- Gel Ice Packs: These are amazing as they’re soft but cold.
- Heating Pad: I like this one as it’s super bendy so I can wrap it around whatever it is I need to wrap it around.
Other things I recommend are:
- Bed Tray: If you’re going to be spending a lot of your recovery in bed I highly recommend this bed tray. It makes it so much easier to eat and not spill food in your bed.
- Advil/Tylenol: You’ll more then likely need these as they seem to be recommended for everything
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If you have any tips, tricks, or absolute must have’s for preparing your home for surgery, I would love to hear about them in the comment section.