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

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It is likely that you may have to save up more money in the time leading up toyour surgery, in order to accommodate for the time you’ll be off. If you are unsure about the length of your recovery period, your doctor should be able to provide you with a better idea. 3. Have loose-fitting clothes easily accessible in the days following your surgery. Simple dailytasks, such as getting dressed in the morning, can prove to be difficult after undergoing a surgical procedure of your upper extremities. It is likely that immobilization may also be required, meaning thatyoumayhave to wear a sling or brace following surgery, making it even more difficult to move the affected body part. Make sure to plan out loose-fitting outfits for the days followingyour surgerythat are easy to take on and off, and put them in a place that is easilyaccessible foryou.This will make it easier for you to get dressed in the morning, without having to struggle with tight or complicated clothing. 4. Ask for help around the house. There are some dailytasks thatyou simply will not be able to do for a while following

surgery, such as yard work and tidying up around your home. Chores such as vacuuming, mowing the lawn, doing dishes, weeding theyard, or carrying loads of laundry will be challenging and likely recommended against, at least in the first few weeks of your recovery. Anything that is physically demanding on theupperextremitiesmayputunnecessary strain on the recovering body part, thus lengthening the healing process. Byhaving your family, friends, roommates, etc., help out around the house, you’ll be able to comfortablyrecover while still making sure chores get completed. If needed, you can even pay someone to come byand do some of the more difficult chores for you, such as strenuous yard work. 5. Consult with a occupational therapist. At Hands for Living, we want to help make your surgery and recovery as safe, easy, quick, and comfortable as possible for you. If you have an upper extremity surgery coming up and you’d like to discuss setting up a “before and after” treatment plan, schedule a consultation with one of our hand therapists today.

We’d be happy to set up an appointment for you and get you started on the path toward pain relief, improved function, and a speedy recovery. You use your hands every day – don’t make your recovery time harder on yourself. Contact Hands for Living today! To find out more about how we can help you care for your hands before and after surgery, call us at 425-368-7943 or visit us online at www.handsforliving.com.

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