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Making the Most of Your Surgery 5 Tips for a Comfortable Recovery

out with daily tasks. However, there are a few things you can do beforehand to make your recovery comfortable:

If you have a surgery coming up, it is natural to feel a little nervous. Thinking about the procedure itself, as well as the necessary amount of time you’ll spend recovering, can seem a bit intimidating. At Hands for Living, we want to make sure that your surgery is as smooth as it can be and that your recovery process is as quick and easy as possible. Upper extremity surgeries can pose difficult recoveries, as you will likelyhave to limit the use of the affected arm or immobilize the arm in a sling. Our Certified HandTherapists (CHTs) will help in guiding you through your rehabilitation and preparing for your surgerybeforehand.To learnmore about our hand therapy services and how they can help speed up your recovery time, contact Hands for Living today at 425-368-7943. What Can I Do to Prepare for Surgery? When you’re recovering, you’ll want to make sure everything is as easy for you as possible. You may be unable to return to work for a few weeks, and you may need someone to help you

1. Prepare meals beforehand and leave them in the freezer. It’ll be difficult to cook meals while you are recovering and you likely won’t have the energy to do so for at least the first week. Prepare a few dishes beforehand thatyou can easilyfreeze and heat up for yourself after your procedure. 2. Make realistic estimates on how long you’ll be out of work. Being awayfromwork for a given period of time can be stressful, especiallywhen those medical bills start coming through. Ifyou are realistic about the timeyou’ll need to spend awayfromwork in order to recover,you’ll be able to better prepareyour finances.

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