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Insomnia After Surgery- Causes and How to Cope With It

Sleep problems are not uncommon immediately following surgery and can last for days or even weeks, but most patients get back to normal about a week after surgery. There can be many reasons why you struggle to sleep after surgery, most common being the following: Pain & Pain Medication:  Post-surgical pain can make it difficult […]

Taking Care of Your Steri-Strips

Applying steri strips to a man's wrist two weeks after carpal tunnel surgery

Steri-Strips are bandage-like small pieces of tape that are often applied on incision after surgery. They are usually applied in addition to stitches or after stitches are removed to assist in healing of the wound, and sometimes even in place of stitches. They help keep the wound closed and help reduce scarring. Your surgeon will […]

How to Prepare for Plastic Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide

Knowing how to prepare for surgery properly is a key element in ensuring a successful outcome and smooth recovery after your procedure. Here, we will cover the essential steps, and provide helpful insights to help you prepare before the procedure and the day of surgery. Consultation and Informed Consent Before your surgery, you will have […]

Exercise After Tummy Tuck

Consult with your surgeon before attempting any exercise as your sutures and muscles need time to rest and recover from the surgery. Avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for four to six weeks after a tummy tuck procedure. Start slowly Sit up on your own several times a day. While this may not seem difficult, […]

How to Control Post-Surgery Pain

Postoperative pain mostly falls into the category of acute pain, meaning it will go away and go away fairly quickly. Expect to be asked what your pain is on a scale of 0 to 10. 0 means you feel no pain. 10 out of 10 pain means you are in agony. Experiencing some pain after […]

Constipation After Surgery

It is not uncommon for patients to have constipation after surgery. There are obvious reasons for it, including changes in diet, inactivity and stress but the most common one comes as a side effect from postoperative pain medications, especially opioids. For starters, normal bowel movements are different for everyone. For some, several bowel movements a day […]

What Types of Anesthesia Are Used During Outpatient Surgery

There are four common types of anesthesia used in outpatient surgery: Local anesthesia Regional anesthesia IV sedation or Twilight anesthesia General anesthesia What Is Local Anesthesia? Doctors use local anesthetics to block pain in a part of the body that they are operating on. It is commonly used for removal of small skin growths or […]

Mouth and Throat Care After Surgery

It’s common to experience a sore throat, dry mouth, bad breath and even hoarse voice after surgery, especially if you were intubated for general anesthesia. Anti-nausea drugs that are sometimes given to help prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting are also associated with dry mouth and a sore throat. Most of these symptoms go away within […]

Preventing Nausea After Surgery

Anesthesia will put you to sleep and prevent pain during your surgery, but can also make you feel nauseous afterwards. Some people don’t get sick after surgery, about half of all patients. But if you have following risk factors, you may be more likely to experience postoperative nausea: Previous experience of postoperative nausea and vomiting […]

For Better Recovery

Hydrate: Drink fluids, especially water, before and after surgery. Eat more protein for faster healing: especially fish, beans, legumes, nuts. Eat vegetables and fruit: Fiber will help you avoid constipation and you will also get much needed nutrients that reduce inflammation and help skin and tissue heal. Be active: If you are not active, increase […]

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