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Mistakes that Slow Down Surgery Recovery

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Mistakes that Slow Down Surgery Recovery

Behaviors that Inhibit Recovery After Surgery

While it's normal to want to get back to your everyday routine after surgery, certain behaviors may slow down the recovery process. The health experts at Northern Inyo Hospital are here to share some of the most common mistakes made that can hinder your body’s ability to heal.

Skipping Out on Rest

Following a surgical procedure, the best thing that you can do to help support the recovery process is to catch up on your sleep. This is because the body does most of its healing while you’re asleep. In addition to getting the regularly recommended 7-9 hours of good quality rest each night, you should aim to take frequent naps throughout the day to help your body to relax and recover.

Returning to Activity Too Soon

Following most orthopedic procedures, it is advised by your surgical care team that you take some time off from your everyday routine to allow your body to recover properly. This is because returning to work, school, and too soon can lead to unnecessary strain on your body—resulting in further injury and torn stitches if you're not careful.

While it may be tempting to get back to your routine as quickly as possible, take some time off to ensure the success of your procedure and proper recovery.

Misusing Medications

After a surgical procedure, it is common for your surgical care team to prescribe a combination of antibiotics and pain medication to help prevent complications from the surgery. These medications come with a specific set of instructions on how and when to take them to ensure that they are effective.

However, when you skip out on taking antibiotics or don’t finish your prescription, this can leave room for infection to set in. With prescription pain medications, it is also important to follow use instructions as many opioids can result in addiction issues if misused.

Orthopedic Care & Rehabilitation Services in Bishop, CA

At Northern Inyo Healthcare District, our team of orthopedists and rehabilitation specialists takes a holistic approach to care, focusing on you as a whole person rather than specific symptoms or conditions. Whether you’re suffering from aches and pains or mobility issues, we’re here to help improve your quality of life.

For more information about the orthopedic care and rehabilitation services at Northern Inyo Healthcare District or to schedule an appointment, call (760) 873-2605.