Physical immobility after a surgery during the stay at the hospital and post surgical period have related effects on the Physiological and physical wellbeing of the body. This holds true even for someone who is hospitalized for just a day or two for a common procedure such as knee replacement surgery. To regain strength, stamina and mental sharpness after their time in the hospital is very important.
The most important step is to start moving as soon as possible after surgery to promote blood flow, to regain motion and to facilitate the recovery process. You will most likely be out of bed and walking with crutches or a walker within 24 hours of your surgery. When you can start walking varies, depending on the type of operation you have and the views of the surgeon and physiotherapist. If you have had minimally invasive surgery you might be able to walk on the same day. Whether you are 90 or 45, people need help at home including assistance with cooking, bathing and laundry, plus shopping for groceries and picking up prescriptions and supplies. And patients need an exercise plan to gradually increase their mobility. As age limit increases it becomes more crucial to keep on track of healing/recovery post surgery since being incredibly inactive during a hospital stay further stresses the body and can induce another degree of disability and functional decline.
‘Rest is Best’ is clearly not the right answer always. We know from a number of different studies in different settings that exercise plays a very active role in the recovery process. Also, just simple forms of activity are very important.
Some tips for you:
- Putting in your best to maintain the strongest physical and mental health possible so that if you do fall ill, you start at a high baseline and have reserve and motivation to bounce back.
- If you are hospitalized, early movement / get moving again, however possible manner with or without support as soon as possible.
- Find ways to stay mentally active, even in the hospital bed. Use of Computer, such as surfing the Internet, and gaming can help.
- Have signs and clocks in the hospital room to help stay oriented.
- Work with the nursing and post surgical rehabilitation care team to minimize physical deconditioning and develop a rehabilitation plan.
The ultimate goal is helping people maintain the lifestyle they want for as long as possible. That would benefit patients, their loved ones and their care teams.
Recovery after any type of surgery is a very personal experience.
Keeping people healthy and independent and safe at home for as long as possible is important to all of us. Just a bit of partnership between you and us can get us go a long way. Cheers!