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After Your Hospital Stay: Tips for Recovery


No one ever expects the need to spend an extended period of time in hospital, but there comes a point in most people’s lives where a major medical intervention becomes unfortunately necessary. Even at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the NHS performed well over 3 million surgical procedures.

The wonders of modern medicine ensure that success rates are high and in-hospital recovery rates relatively swift – but once you get home from the hospital, what should you do to improve your condition?

Follow Medical Advice

Recovery can look different from person to person and from procedure to procedure, but one thing remains consistent between them – the importance of the advice you receive from your doctors or surgeons. In order to ensure your recovery happens as smoothly and swiftly as possible, you should follow your doctors’ advice as closely as you can.

For a wide variety of procedures, this advice may be as simple as getting good bed rest and staying hydrated. However, other procedures or treatments may also come with exercise or physiotherapy instructions to help you rehabilitate your body.

Organise Your Records

Your hospital stay will have generated a lot of documentation, from letters regarding procedure dates and recovery to your medical records themselves. You should take the opportunity to review and organise any records you have, in case complications require you to return.

You should also endeavour to make copies where you can; there is the slim chance that you identify a cause for hospital negligence during your stay, which could stand you in good stead to receive compensation for any issues experienced as a result.

Start Healthy Habits

In order to give yourself the best possible chance at recovery, you should aim to make some healthy lifestyle changes. Eating a balanced diet with lots of nutritional value can give your body the tools it needs to heal quicker and more effectively.

Exercise can be pivotal for building your strength and endurance back up after an extended period of time in the hospital. However, any healthy habits you aim to make – especially with regards to exercise – should not contradict any medical advice given. If you received abdominal surgery, for example, jogging would be an inadvisable way to initiate recovery.

Ask for Help

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. Recovery can be a long and slow process, and it is all too easy to place strict expectations on yourself for your recovery process. The simple fact is that some things will be much harder to do alone, whether due to fatigue or limited mobility; asking for assistance from friends and family where necessary can help prevent you from pushing yourself too hard, and reinforce a healthy recovery as opposed to a fast one. 

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