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Pre-Game - Planning For Surgery
Preparing for surgery can be a daunting experience, but taking ownership of the injury and recovery process can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Below is a plan for someone preparing for surgery:
Take Ownership of the Injury and Recovery Process:
Taking ownership of the injury and recovery process involves understanding the cause of the injury and what steps need to be taken to optimise healing. This can include researching the injury, the type of treatment needed, and the potential risks and benefits of the treatment.
Know the Injury and the Type of Treatment/Operation Necessary:
Understanding the reason for the injury and the type of treatment or operation needed for repair is essential for preparing for surgery. This involves discussing the pro’s and con’s with your consultant to understand the details of the procedure, including the potential risks and complications.
Have Appropriate Questions for the Consultant:
Preparing for surgery also involves asking appropriate questions. This can include asking; Why a particular treatment is being recommended; What other treatment options are available; Who to contact with questions or concerns before or after surgery; What activities are you not allowed to do; What can you do to optimise your recovery.
Have Someone with You During the Consultation:
Having someone with you during the consultation can provide additional support and help ensure that all necessary questions are asked and answered. This person can also take notes or record the conversation to refer back to later. They could be a healthcare professional or a friend who’s been through a similar process.
Take notes, even just bullet points:
Taking notes during the consultation can help ensure that important information is not forgotten. This can include writing down the type of injury, type of surgery, transportation considerations, medication instructions, timeframes and follow-up appointments.
Transport restrictions after the operation and for how long:
Understanding any transport restrictions after surgery is important for planning transportation to and from the operation and follow-up appointments. This can include reaching out to friends and family or using public transportation if necessary.
How can you optimise your recovery:
Optimising your recovery involves following the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon or consultant. This can include eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest and sleep, and gradually increasing activity levels as directed, are there any additional considerations which you may be able to invest in yourself.
You're going to have a lot of free time - Use it Wisely, BeBetter:
After surgery, depending on the injury and surgery you may have weeks or months. Using this time wisely can help improve your overall well-being and keep you busy while you’re less mobile. This can include reading, learning a new skill, educating yourself on a new topic, or participating in low-impact activities such as yoga or meditation.
This article has been written by Adey,
BSc MCs MHCPC MCSP
Having worked in professional sport for over 10 years, which included the Rugby Premership and The English Football League, Adey has a wealth of experience with dealing with injury and rehabilitation in the sports world. His desire, commitment, people skills and knowledge are why he has a great reputation in the clubs and teams he has been involved with. Alongside working for RecoverFit, Adey also works in the military as a physiotherapist.
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