What to prepare for the postoperative period?

BASICS

Button up the front design pyjamas

To make putting on your pyjamas easier, it is recommended to buy cotton, button up the front pyjamas. When mobility is reduced after certain surgeries and because of the pain in certain body parts, it is difficult to pull the pyjamas over your head.

Tracksuits and clothes (not too tight, not restricting movements)

Depending on the body part affected by the surgery, it is important to prepare clothes that won’t create discomfort in that area and that will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Slippers

Depending on the type of surgery, think of picking adequate slippers, especially if your surgery requires a certain footwear type. Pick the slippers that are easy to put on and comfortable to walk in.

Bathrobe

Sometimes it is easier to be in your pyjamas and bathrobe than putting on jumpsuits and the like. If may be warmer (during colder seasons) and more comfortable.

Compression socks/stockings for varicose veins/ Seamless stockings/ socks

Stockings/ socks for the prevention and health of veins make a healthy choice after the surgery. Due to reduced mobility it is possible to help your circulation in order to enable your body to regenerate even better.  For the persons with sensitive circulation it is advisable to use seamless socks/stockings. These are particularly soft, creating no compression, no stretching, without visible seams that might irritate, with reinforced toes and heels. High content of natural fibres ensure hygiene for your feet. They are suitable also for diabetics and for the people suffering from veins problems.

MAINTAINING YOUR HEALTH

Sitting cushion

After certain surgeries, or after coccyx injuries, the sitting cushion will make the recovery period easier.

Anatomical sleeping pillow

Healthy sleep is vital for a fast recovery. The body regenerates most while we sleep, so it is very important to make sure that we are comfortable during sleep. An anatomical sleeping pillow may help.

Mattresses, mattress toppers, medical bed

If you will have to spend a lot of time in a lying position, it is important that you care about your blood circulation, pressure created on certain points and to prevent the development of possible pressure sores . Also think consider renting a special mattress or mattress topper and a medical bed  and contact our staff for additional information at out free phone number  0800 206 206. For more information click here.

MEDICAL AIDS

Wheelchairs/ crutches and walkers

In cases of reduced mobility after the surgery, it is important to get a wheelchair or walkers/ crutches, as required.  You don’t have to buy the wheelchair, you can rent it. For more information  click here or contact us at our free phone number 0800 206 206.

Support corsets, soft supports and orthoses

After abdominal cavity surgeries, surgeries of certain ankles or bones, orthoses or bandages are often needed. They provide support for the treated spot, helping the muscles and facilitating the recovery process. Look for suitable soft supports and orthoses here or ask for advice at our free phone number 0800 206 206.

Pick up grippers

If you cannot reach things around you due to surgery or reduced mobility or pain, pick up grippers may help you and make things easier.

Pill organizer

If you have to take medications after the surgery, the best way to do it is to put them neatly in a pill organized and follow up their administration.

Toileting aids

Toileting aids are needed in cases of reduced mobility. Female or male urinals are used for urination of the patients who are not able to leave the bed or who need to go to the toilet during night and whose visit to the toilet is difficult. Male urinals are especially designed for men and female urinals for women. Slipper pan is used for defecation, also by a lying person.

For a semi-mobile person, a commode chair simplifies the entire defecation process. The chair can be brought closer to the bed and the detachable part is cleaned after defecation.

Wound care

Although your wound will be treated at the hospital and its proper healing assured through subsequent controls, it would be advisable for you to check if you still need to prepare something for wound care – bandages, alcohol, adhesive tapes or medical cosmetic products, make sure to ask your doctor about it so you may prepare on time.

Beware of complete inactivity after the surgery. Being active is very important for good blood circulation in the body, but don’t overdo it either, listen to your own body.

On top of that, good mental attitude is also important for the recovery, with as little stress as possible. Be confident that you will get better soon and try to use this “spare” time to relax in peace if possible.