Whether it’s a scheduling coincidence or a deliberate desire to get things underway before a busy season when you undergo a total joint replacement surgery during the holidays there are going to be some adjustments. Here are some things to keep in mind before going in for your surgery date.
1. Carefully think of your travel plans
The holidays are a popular time to travel, whether abroad or locally. While it is possible to travel in most cases remember that it might take you longer to get to your destination so allow yourself a lot of time. Also, depending on what joint you’ve had replaced or what medication you’re on, driving may be difficult for you or even out of the question. See if you can hitch a ride with someone or are able to take another form of transportation. If you are flying keep in mind that moving around is advised to keep you from developing a blood clot (a common fear after surgery). Always consult your doctor before surgery with any travel plans you might be making and get their advice.
2. Reach Out to People in Advance
The end of the year is a busy time for most people and if you are going to be undergoing surgery you’ll want to reach out to as many people as possible beforehand. Social and Physical support is important to the healing process, you want to make sure you get as much as you need. Reaching out to people in advance and letting them know you’ll need them will help with making sure they make you a priority during a really busy time of year.
3. Think About Decorating your Home.
If you celebrate a specific holiday or even just like decorating your home in the fall and winter, you might need some help this year if you’re recovering from surgery. Most people store seasonal items in high or hard to reach places and after surgery, those might not be easily accessible. One idea is to decorate early while you still have full mobility. Another is to invite someone to help you get things set up before you go in. Either way coming back to a joyfully decorated home can be a nice ‘welcome back’ and help with your overall mood while you recover.
4. Eat wisely and minimize alcohol
The holidays are notorious for overindulgence and while it might be tempting, keep in mind your body is still healing and needs nutritious food along with the sweets and treats. Moderation is key. You should also take into consideration that alcohol might react with any post-surgery medication you are taking and avoid it altogether. You might also want to think about cutting it out of your diet completely before your surgery. Follow your doctor’s advice and see if they have any further dietary restrictions for you. It may be hard to give up or cut back on things, but you’ll thank yourself later. A healthy holiday is a happy holiday!