Hopefully many of you never have the misfortune of having surgery to repair a joint in the body. It’s one of the most painful, arduous, and unpleasant experiences life can throw at you. For those of you who have, many will relate to several of the unexpected surprises you can expect along the road to recovery. Here is a guide of what you can expect in the days and weeks following surgery.

Everyone has a different pain threshold. What is just a little soreness for someone may be unbearable for another. No matter how small or minor the surgery, it is an invasive procedure, which is trauma to the body. Your pain may vary from day to day depending on how much activity you do. Expect pain for some time afterwards with certain movements, but know that within a few months your pain should be minimal.

Difficulty doing just about everything-

All of those little things you do without much thought each day will become more cumbersome than you ever imagined. Going to the bathroom, taking a shower, going up and down stairs, even sleeping may be tough to do on a daily basis for the weeks following surgery. Depending on what body part is operated on, you will find more than a few activities of daily living will take more time than normal.

Feeling lost-

One of the most difficult problems that arise after surgery is the unknown. After your surgeon puts you back together, there are few people you can talk to who know exactly what you are going through. While you are laid up in bed recovering or having to continue life hobbling from day to day, everyone around you will seem to be moving along without a second thought. The time you spend in recovery is often a lonely place with few answers. Don’t let your fears get the best of you, just know that there always is light at the end of the tunnel.

Hard work-
No rehabilitation process is ever easy. If you want the best optimal outcome, work hard each and every day until you have met the goals you’ve set for yourself. Having measurable goals prior to undergoing any surgical procedure benefits the rehab process. Remember, having less pain is a given, so be sure to make functional goals which include activities that you are interested in.

A good physical therapist can help guide you through the rehabilitation process so make sure to stay consistent for the best results. An open line of communication with your doctor will also improve your recovery should you have any issues that come up. Remember your surgery is only as good as the effort you put into it.

Yours in health,

Keith Pacific