Spine surgery is a serious matter, and avoiding overexertion afterward is essential to support your recovery. By preparing your home well in advance, you can ensure that your recovery is as smooth as possible, and minimize your discomfort during this time. Here are some of Dr. Abdulhamid's tips for preparing your home before your big spine surgery.
Raise Your Bed
After your surgery, you can expect some discomfort when it comes to bending or lowering yourself onto a bed. If your bed is not already at hip level, you may want to raise it up so that you can easily roll into bed without having to shift around or bend over too much.
Clear the Walkways
Nothing could be worse than tripping on rugs or cords as you walk through your home after your surgery. Now is the time to make sure that your floors and walkways are clear so that you won’t have to step over things that might obstruct your pathway.
Keep the Essentials at Waist Level
Try moving all the things that you will need on a daily basis to an easily accessible countertop at waist level. The less you need to raise your arms and rummage through cabinets, the easier your life will be. In addition, having everything in one place in the bathroom will make it simple to get through your daily routine in less time.
Order Take Out or Pre-Cooked Meals
When we're recovering from surgery, we start to notice the physical exertion needed for otherwise simple tasks, such as chopping vegetables or washing dishes. The best thing you can do is order take out or have pre-made meals stocked up in advance. This way you can warm up food in no time and throw away the trash when you’re done so you won’t have to stand for too long or move about while it's uncomfortable for you.
Get the Laundry Ready
Laundry is another major hassle that piles up after back surgery. You will not be able to lift heavy baskets or fold and hang laundry as you’re accustomed. The best practice is to get all of your laundry done in advance, and then have a friend or relative help you do additional laundry as necessary as you recover. You may also want to have some loose-fitting clothing already laid out for your first few days at home so you can easily change.
Call Us with Any Questions
Guard your recovery now by preparing your home as needed. And remember, if you have any questions about what to expect, just give us a call!
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