Saturday November 16, 2019

Tips That Will Help In Recovery From Surgery

The instructions given are not to torment you and the risks explained are not to scare you

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Doctor performing a surgery. Pixabay
  • Recovery from surgeries can be tough
  • There is a lot of care that one needs after a surgery
  • There are some certain ways of taking care after surgery which are more effective than the others

Have you recently gone through the unpleasant but necessary process of Surgery? Are you one of those went through the painful process of being under the knife multiple times? It is definitely a process that no matter how many times you are explained of the benefits, the possibility of the risks during and after the process dances before your eyes, more than the benefits.

It is important to get involved in one's own healthcare. Samecondition
It is important to get involved in one’s own healthcare. Samecondition

Even though the period starting from the pre-operative to the recovery phase is specified and measurable in most of the cases, it might still seem like an indefinite period of suffering. Even though the patient is supported by the love and care of his dear ones and the healthcare providers, the agony of the process in its entirety is borne and understood by only by the patient.

Of course, the anxiety of the procedure is shared by even those within the medical field, who understand and can anticipate it well in advance. Your pain is your own. And it does not spare anyone.

But like Gautam Buddha quoted, ‘Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional’. One option is to prepare yourself to go through the pain, but it is wiser to follow some simple rules to free yourself from enduring the moments of agony and confusion.

Preoperative Care
Most of us spend every waking moment of the pre-operative period wondering the consequences of the surgery, be it a complicated procedure or a simple one. Every hospital has its own protocol for educating the patients about the procedure. Some of the medical staff explain them personally while some send written instructions. There are some others who are much more cautious and do both. But, not in all cases, the information is imbibed in the patients to the fullest. It is lost in the web of anxiety spun within the patient’s mind.

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Even with all the efforts taken by your healthcare provider, if the purpose of the mission is lost, it is unfair to blame anyone. But, there is a way to avoid the situation. If the surgery is a pre-planned procedure, always approach your consultant, well in advance, before the day of the surgery, to clear your mind of some of those doubts that have clouded your ability to stay untroubled. Do not willingly withhold any medical history, known to you, about you. It is for the safety and well-being of the provider as well your own self. Make sure you arrive at the hospital early to complete your paperwork and do not procrastinate in this regard. The hassles of filling up the paperwork can amplify your stress levels. Do not ignore any symptom that you might have before the procedure. In your estimation, it might only be a slight fever or a rash, but for the success of the surgery, it is a huge detrimental factor. Report to your consultant immediately.

You might now be wondering that these might sound good enough for a preplanned, non-emergent surgery, but what about the emergency surgeries. As a member of the medical fraternity, I would suggest you stay calm and trust your provider. If you are still strong enough to converse, do ask and clear yourself of any doubts and hesitations regarding the procedure about to be performed. The community always holds the best interests for their patients.

Pre-operative care is one of the most important things to be taken care of. Pixabay
Pre-operative care is one of the most important things to be taken care of. Pixabay

Postoperative care
Once the procedure is completed, then comes the phase of post-operative recovery. All is well that ends well and that end is not signaled at the end of the surgery but only after the successful sailing through the post-operative period. The period of post-operative care does not end with your stay at the hospital but continues well after your discharge. Although every effort is made by your provider, there might still be pain, once the anesthesia starts to wear off. The reactions of the human body to the medications is not always universal. Every patient requires a certain level of customization of care, due to the very fact that no one person is entirely like another. Their threshold levels do differ. It is hence safer to assume that you might not have the same symptoms as your neighbors.

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Most of the procedures, do require a certain amount of effort to be invested, also by the patients in the post-operative period. It might be as simple as being cent percent complaint to the consumption of medications or performing the stipulated exercises in physiotherapy. Never fail to follow your Doctor’s instructions to the dot. Deviations can well cost you much more than you can recognize. Appropriate and “advised” postoperative care, is the only way you can make a complete and satisfying recovery.

It is important to take care after surgery. Wikimedia Commons
It is important to take care after surgery. Wikimedia Commons

There are some who take multiple consultations. It is alright to double check, cross-check with other consultants, but before the procedure. It is advisable to follow the instructions of your consultant after the procedure, to avoid confusions. Remember, you always receive some degree of tailored care. Your consultant knows more about what has been done. If in doubt, always report back to your consultant.

You have the right to enjoy good health. It does not matter if the right is entitled via your constitution or not. And the right can be made a reality partly by the effort of your healthcare provider and partly by you. The instructions given are not to torment you and the risks explained are not to scare you. If in doubt, always approach your Physician. Never leave aside those nagging doubts “for later”. It is wise to take an informed decision and to accomplish that, the ideal behavior as a patient would be to engage with your Physician in your treatment.

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Cataract Surgery can Make People 48% Safer on Road

Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy lens with an artificial lens

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They happen gradually over years, as the clear lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. Pixabay

The ability of cataract surgery to restore sight is well known and a new study suggests that it can make people 48 per cent safer on the road.

Cataracts are normal consequences of aging. They happen gradually over years, as the clear lens inside the eye becomes cloudy.

Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy lens with an artificial lens.

“The results highlight the importance of timely cataract surgery in maintaining safety and continued mobility and independence in older adult drivers,” said study author Jonathon Ng, from the University of Western Australia.

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Cataracts are normal consequences of aging. Flickr

For the findings, presented at the 123rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the research team tested the driving performance of 44 patients before they had cataract surgery.

The driving simulator assessed a variety of variables: adjusted speed limits, traffic densities, uncontrolled intersections and pedestrian crossings.

Patients were put through the driving simulator after their first surgery and again after the second eye surgery.

After the first, near misses and crashes decreased by 35 per cent; after the second surgery, the number fell to 48 per cent.

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“While visual acuity – how well one sees the eye chart – is an important method to assess a person’s fitness to drive, it’s an incomplete assessment,” Ng said.

“Quality of vision is also an important indicator. Improved contrast sensitivity and better night vision improves drivers’ safety on the road,” the study author added.

When considering cataract surgery, the researchers revealed some points to be considered: Can you see to safely do your job and to drive?, Do you have problems reading or watching TV? Is it difficult to cook, shop? Do bright lights make is harder to see? (IANS)