Surgery is a practice that dates back to antiquity. In fact, illustrations of surgical procedures have been discovered on cave walls dating back to the Neolithic period. Abscessed tooth removals and other procedures have also been documented in the Indus Valley region as well as ancient Egyptian civilization. What’s interesting is that post-surgical infection was not a problem until modern times. Because of anesthesiology, more surgeries produced more infection. Fortunately, modern patients are empowered to recover quickly and effectively combat infection.
First, what exactly can a patient expect after surgery?
Well, since tissue has probably been excised, there will probably be some post-operative pain. Pain management is an important part of recovery and is usually handled with prescription medication. Another key to pain management is to follow the doctor’s instructions very carefully. Strenuous activity or trying to expedite recovery can actually set the patient back weeks. Bleeding is sometimes associated with post operative recovery.
Depending upon your specific procedure, you may be required to change dressings and bandages. This is a generally simple activity, but great care must be exercise to prevent infection. In fact, you are a key component of preventing infection after an operation. The best way to ensure a speedy recovery is to follow instructions and maintain a positive attitude.
Preventing infection is an important part of the recovery process and you have a large part to play! The first step to preventing a post-operative infection is to keep the wound area clean. While modern medicine has kept incision sites to a minimum, they still require careful attention. Maintaining a clean environment is vital starting with a regular hand-washing routine. No need to be compulsive…just wash regularly! You may also be prescribed prescription antibiotics. While hand washing and careful dressing changes can head off infection on the outside of your body; antibiotics will make sure infections cannot take hold on the inside.
Whatever your procedure may be, following doctors’ instructions, conscientious care of wounds, and a positive attitude are the best ways to mitigate infection and speed up your recovery.