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right with balanced diet to make sure they get plenty of essential nutrients
doctors believe that patients with physically active before their surgery are
more likely to recover quicker.
to not worry about the surgery! If necessary, certain relaxation therapies
before the operation may be suggested.
alcohol and cigarette smoking, both before and after surgery! Alcohol and
smoking may inhibit the recovery and increase the risk of complications.
possible, your surgeon may recommend specific techniques that will provide a
faster recovery – such as using regional /local anesthesia and keyhole
procedure (minimally invasive surgery). After surgery, other approaches such as
rehabilitation services (including physiotherapy) are usually recommended.
is the common discomfort after surgery, which is usually dependent on the
degree of invasiveness. Painkilling medication is usually prescribed to help
soothe your pain.
also important to pay attention on some possible complications after surgery,
- Complications may occur soon
after the operation (when you are still in hospital) such as recurrence of
bleeding, wound infections, or anastomotic leaks.
- Dumping syndrome, a condition of
when foods move from the stomach to the guts in abnormally, uncontrolled fast
manner. The symptoms include abdominal discomforts such as cramps, nausea and vomiting.
Sometimes it may also cause dizziness and rapid heart rate. Fortunately, it
often responds to lifestyle measures such as eating smaller meals, chewing
well, and avoiding fluid with meal!
- Diarrhea, passing loose-watery
(deficiencies of folate, minerals (iron), or vitamin B12). It may occur due to
poor dietary intake, decreased acid secretion, and decreased intrinsic factor.
- Blood clot, though it is more
common in orthopedic procedures. Symptoms include swelling, discolored skin,
and veins that appear larger than normal in the affected leg.
Once you’re ready to go home, ask anything else you need to follow!
For example, there may be specific instructions about any physical movements to avoid or exercises you need to carry out (ask your physiotherapist for more advice) .
usually will also be given comprehensive information about how to take an
appropriate dose of your painkilling medication at home, how to care for your
surgical wound, and certain equipment you may need (such as bandages, splints,