Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC
Following a surgical procedure, many people need help dealing with post-surgical status and healing, in general. At Acupractic Natural Healing center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we sometimes see patients struggling with the aftermath of surgery. We enjoy helping them with treatments and helpful guidance.
Sometimes surgery is unexpected- the result of an accident or other situation that took one by surprise. In cases like these, it is essential to rely on a friend or family member to be present when talking with caretakers in the surgical ward or hospital to get as much advice as possible because the patient may be groggy from experience. Getting appropriate after-care as soon as possible is crucial for good recovery, and having available help will assist in this vital step. Patients may want to get permission and use the recording function of their phones to record doctors’ orders, if possible. Trying to keep all paperwork in one location is helpful, as well.
Some aspects of home life may be more difficult when you get home. People who live alone have different issues than persons who have help nearby. If the patient’s role is that of caretaker to another person or even an animal, that raises additional concerns. Nonetheless, taking the time to consider needs before problems arise is a good way to avoid unnecessary trouble later.
After some surgery, bathing, cooking, moving from one room to another may be difficult. Take time to assess your needs and help you be safe. Do you need a grab bar installed in the tub or shower? Is the thing you need in easy reach to keep you from needing to bend over or move too much? In the kitchen, do you have adequate and healthy food? Are cooking supplies easily accessible? Could you use some help uncluttering your space to facilitate safe passage into and out of rooms? Can you get into and out of bed quickly? Do you have a way to contact help if you fall or need assistance any time of day? Do you have a place to sit and relax that supports good posture and is comfortable? Is lighting adequate in the home pleasing to easily see?
Other aspects of self-care after surgery may include wound care and medication management. These vital aspects require careful planning and understanding of a lot of information. Take notes and ask for help whenever needed. Make sure to have appropriate supplies and pill organization holders at the ready if needed.
At our office, Dr. Oskardmay, enjoys helping patients recognize ways to get the help they need. During an office visit before or after surgery, consider the questions above when thinking about home care. Ask a friend to help shop for needed items or order things online and have them delivered, if at all possible.
Part of natural care is taking the steps needed to heal well at home. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center chiropractic and acupuncture offices in Chapel Hill, we strive to help patients get well and stay well. Call 919-929-1400 for an appointment today or visit us online at acudocnc.com 24 hours a day to see how we can help you heal naturally.