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What To Do If You’re Not Healing Properly After An Operation

Normally when you leave the hospital you will have learned a lot about your body. After undergoing an operation, the doctors and nurses will paint you a picture of your internals. Of course this is done because you were just cut open and operated on but it’s also to help you understand some things. Firstly, they want to dispel any kind of fears or health myths as many patients are slightly panicky before and also after going under the knife. They also give you additional information for the healing process to begin and speed up so that you can regain your strength and health back. Other times they’ll want you to know how certain medicines and foods will react inside your body and so, things to avoid or take more of can be known. Normally you will heal fine, no matter how long it takes. Unfortunately, other times the healing process is not so simple and in fact it might not even be your fault.

Hold your horses

Far too many people try to return back to normal when their body is still in recovery mode. What can seriously hurt your healing process is taking on too much far too soon. So yes, if the doctor tells you to get some bed rest, they mean it. It’s not just a phrase they use, it actually means your body needs to stay stationary so no undue pressure is absorbed by activity. Other times it can be a simple case of doing too much too soon. In the mornings when you wake up you might feel absolutely fine, but as the day goes on you can really begin to feel the pain and tiredness sets in. In these cases it’s very hard to judge how much you are capable of. It gives people a false sense of hope only to then realize they have bitten off more than they can chew. So even if you feel good, do not push yourself and be vigilant of what you body is telling you. Don’t return back to your old routine until you get the all clear from your doctor.

Not doing enough

On the flip side to doing too much, is doing too little. You have to remember that at the area of healing there will be a fight back from the body. Whenever you are cut such as during an operation, they body will try to close the area up to avoid infection and further tearing. Inevitably this will mean lots of scar tissue or adhesions underneath the skin. You can probably find some already on your body. If you workout and exercise, you can feel big rough globs or knots underneath your skin. As you roll your fingers over your skin you might be able to feel these bumps.

If the doctor has ordered you to mobilize an area of the body then you must adhere to his or her instructions. This is to avoid scar tissue building up to the point that your joints or muscles become less mobile. Also, if you allow scar tissue to build up and up, getting rid of it can be a very painful task. Scar tissue can also cover the affected area and not allow it to heal how it needs to. Essentially this tissue blocks new tissue from being created and thus, you’re still not healing properly.

Something is just odd

So you’re doing everything right but you still can’t say you’re feeling better. Well, that is definitely odd because after an operation you should be slowly regaining your health if you are sticking to the advice you were given. Before you jump to this conclusion, make it so that you are fully aware of what could be going on. Make a note or keep a diary of your recovery and see if you can track your progress. If everything checks out but you’re still having similar trouble or the kind of pain that the operation should have gotten rid of, then it’s time to look elsewhere. It could be that there has been medical malpractice that has occured to you. It’s not uncommon but it’s not so common either. Therefore it’s kind of strange being in a position whereby you think this could be the case.

If you are leaning toward this, then speak to a certified personal injury lawyer that knows their way around the medical malpractice world such as Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC. The first hurdle is actually defining what is medical malpractice or what could be determined as medical malpractice in your case. The team will work to build up your case, using not just your own experience as evidence but the medical records from the hospital too. Of the malpractice areas that the team can insist on does include surgical errors that cause life-changing pain or damage.

Eat to repair

There’s always a debate around what should you eat to recover quickly from surgery. Sometimes the doctor will recommend certain kinds of foods and others will just give you a general gist of things to consume. However one thing is for sure, you should increase your protein intake. The body needs protein to not just grow muscle but to keep it in tip top shape. Protein will repair muscle and maintain the structure which can make you feel stronger and able to withstand more pressure on your joints. Another thing is to up your vegetable intake as well. Basically a keto diet is something you should seriously consider. Your going to be getting a lot more protein than the average diet out there yet you’ll still be within your diet. You’ll get fats too which can be used immediately for energy. The more protein you consume in the short space of time since your operation, the quicker you will recover.

There could be several reasons why you’re having trouble properly recovering from your operation. Usually it’s because you’re overzealous and want to get back to your normal routine too quickly. Other times it could be because of your diet which should have more protein as part of it now that you’re healing.

What To Do If You're Not Healing Properly After An Operation

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