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In the last few weeks, I've been sharing my experience of undergoing mitral valve repair surgery. I've talked about making the decision, finding the surgeon, undergoing the surgery itself, and experiences in the hospital. In this post , I'd like to address the true nature of recovery.
What does recovery really mean?
To begin, there is a difference between recuperation, which is the process of resting and gaining back your strength, health and equilibrium, and recovery, which is by definition,"recovering" what you have lost with your illness, becoming "well" and being completely over it and ready to move on.
No question is asked more frequently than "How long did it take you to recover?" Most people who face any kind of surgery or illness want to know one thing: how long will it be until I'm myself again? We don't want to consider the possibility that we'll be anything but perfectly well and we want those results now.
A colon resection is a surgical procedure that removes part or all of the large intestine. This may be necessary in the treatment of some serious medical conditions including colon cancer . Your doctor(s) may also recommend colon resection for a variety of other conditions including:
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Actively bleeding arteriovenous (AV) malformations
Sound like getting part or all of your large intestine is a major deal? It is. But you can help achieve best outcomes, and get back to your old routine more quickly, if you plan ahead, communicate with your team, and recruit a great support network.
Good questions to ask your healthcare team as you begin to prepare for surgery include:
• What should I do to prepare for surgery? Should I be following any special diet? Quitting smoking?
• Will my insurance cover all parts of my treatment (surgery, anesthesia, hospitalization, etc)?
• If not, how much will this cost and do you offer...
Your surgery day is approaching fast; do you know what to expect? You may not know what to expect or what to plan. Now is the time to think about the plans that need to be arranged, the help that needs to be in place and the changes that will be taking place. No matter what kind of surgery is scheduled, surgery is a big deal, probably bigger than you realize. Arriving at the hospital at 7 in the morning is difficult enough, but no one can really fully anticipate the pain, adaptation and recovery that come standard with any operation.
Any good surgeon is going to prepare his/her patient for the post-surgical pain. The medications that will be needed after surgery should be prescribed and filled before the surgery day. On the big day, all of the hospital staff will be asking about pain. You need to know how to communicate with them using the pain scale . You will need to speak up if you are feeling bad. Pain control is important because reduces stays in the hospital and improves t...
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