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The Proper Way to recover from Surgery

Posted December 10, 2013 in Recovery

After undergoing surgery, it is always good to be patient and have realistic expectations about the outcome of your procedure. To ensure the safest and fastest recovery possible, there are certain things that can be done to recuperate properly.

Stay Clean

After a surgical procedure is complete, incision sites exist. Although the incisions are properly bandaged as soon as surgery is complete, it is important that you keep the wounds clean and regularly change the bandages as directed by your surgeon to promote healing as much as possible.

Eat Right

Certain foods also have a proven effect in aiding the body during recovery. Foods that are high in salt and saturated fat cause inflammation in the body, which can delay the healing process. Consuming healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins like chicken or fish, can provide the body with the essential nutrients it needs to appropriately heal.

Rest…But Not Too Much

It is imperative that you get plenty of rest, especially during the first few days after your surgery. However, do not keep yourself bed ridden throughout your entire recovery; begin walking around when you feel well enough to do so. This not only gets the blood circulating throughout your body, but also encourages the tissues to heal quicker.

Obviously, if patients don’t follow these tips, it doesn’t guarantee that complications will occur, but following these simple guidelines can greatly enhance the likelihood that you will have a safe and speedy recovery.

We encourage you to contact our Newport Beach practice for all of your surgical needs. Dr. Terry Dubrow is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons (ABPS) and has many years of experience performing different plastic surgery procedures. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Dubrow, please call (949) 515-4111 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to seeing you soon!