Category: Surgery Recovery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: February 9, 2015
We have already talked about a few tips for staying optimistic while recovering from spine surgery. This article will act as a companion piece of sorts, as we will offer up some ways to keep up your energy level post-op. Feeling tired or groggy is quite common after a surgical procedure. In any surgery your body undergoes physical trauma (in the form of surgical incisions). Fatigue is a natural symptom as the body works to heal itself. On top of that, you may experience residual effects from the anesthesia used in the procedure, or from any pain medications you are taking. Despite all this, an important element of recovery is your ability to remain active (moving around, doing physical therapy exercises, etc.). Here are a few tips for keeping your energy level up while your body recovers post-op.
Tip #1 – Watch what you Eat
Your post-surgical diet can have a big impact on your overall energy level. Avoid junk food, fast food, and excessive amounts of sugar. Focus on vegetables, fruits, and lots of protein. Also avoid stuffing yourself during meals. Overeating can lead to sluggishness. Eat slowly and, if you can, eat multiple smaller meals throughout the day. Talk to your surgeon about any other possible dietary restrictions.
Tip #2 – Watch what you Drink
It is equally important to watch what you drink after surgery. Drink plenty of water and other hydrating fluids – your body needs it to heal itself. In addition, avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol is a depressant and can decrease your energy level. Caffeine has the opposite effect, but it also leads to dehydration.
Tip #3 – Exercise
Exercise is one of the most efficient ways to boost your energy level post-op. Don’t rush out and run a marathon or anything before your body is fully healed, but walking around and doing physical therapy exercises will help keep your energy level up.