Category: Surgery Recovery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: February 5, 2015
In a previous blog, we talked about the role of optimism in surgery. While too much optimism can be a bad thing, staying positive before, during, and after your surgical procedure can positively impact your recovery. With that in mind, in this blog we will offer some tips for remaining positive after spine surgery.
Tip #1 – Get a Buddy
Having a buddy – be it a spouse, relative, or friend – can really help keep your spirits up after surgery. Simply having someone to keep you company is great for staying positive.
If you’re looking for someone who has gone through or is currently going through the same surgery as you, there are great online resources and forums that connect you with such patients. The Spine Health forum is one of the best.
Tip #2 – Stay Mobile
While rest after surgery is important, it’s doubly important not to remain on the couch 24/7. Getting up and moving around, going for a walk, or doing some physical therapy exercises are all essential to the recovery process. Not only will it help your body heal, it will boost your emotional health too!
Tip #3 – Watch a Movie, Read a Book, or Play a Game
Post-op boredom is a problem for many patients. Especially if a patient is used to working a full time job, having to stay at home for days or weeks at a time can lead to mild depression. Keep yourself busy with some media. Watch a funny movie, dive into a good book, or play a game with a friend.
If you are having trouble staying positive after your surgery, try these tips. If nothing works and you begin to feel severely depressed, contact your physician right away to see what treatment options may be right for you.