5 Tips for Preventing Hospital Readmission After Surgery
Follow these five tips to avoid readmission to the hospital after surgery
Any type of surgery, whether major or cosmetic, can involve a long road to recovery. Additionally, it can be challenging to keep track of your progress and incision site while also staying healthy. Without the proper recovery plan, a patient’s chances of being readmitted to the hospital can skyrocket, leading to higher bills and the opportunity to get even sicker. Below are five tips on avoiding these setbacks and the probability of being readmitted to the hospital after surgery.
- Tracking Your Medicines
Medicine Adherence is instrumental to staying on top of your health but also to help speed the process of recovery after surgery. Your prescribed medicine is there to assist you in managing your pain and avoid future complications. With the Cix Health App, you can track and add your medications with daily reminders during your recovery period. Start tracking here.
- Eat Healthily
Plan to eat foods that will boost your healing. Look for foods high in antioxidants like berries loaded with nutrition and can help your body repair faster. Below is a list of other foods that will help you get back up and moving:
- Healthy Fats (fish, nuts, seeds)
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Probiotics (yogurt, kimchi)
- Whole Grains
- Brightly colored fruits
- Practice Active Self Care
It can be easy to feel down after surgery while also not having the energy to move around. It’s essential to keep your mind active while also slowly building your strength up. Add a meditation routine to your daily recovery routine with a daily movement goal. With the Cix Health Surgery Tracker, you have the convenience of logging your daily moods and pain throughout recovery. Add your upcoming surgery here.
- Take Notes from Your Doctor
Before and after surgery, your doctor will be giving you an overload of information. Try to take as many detailed notes as possible for your recovery. If you’re unable to take notes for yourself, have a caretaker write down the recommendations and recovery plan, your doctor provides for you. These notes will be essential to take home after your surgery to ensure a stable recovery. With the Cix Health Surgery Tracker, there is an option to add notes to view later to assist you in taking charge of your health and healing.
- Trust Your Body
This last tip is vital to recovery and avoiding readmission to the hospital. Trusting your body and reading the signs of distress is instrumental to a speedy recovery. Being cognitive of how you’re feeling physically and mentally will help set the standard for your daily recovery routine. If you’re not up for a walk, then don’t push it. It’s ok to take a break and heal in your own time. It is also important to take note of your vitals every day and contact your physician at any sign of infection or pain that is out of the normal.
Your body will typically tell you what it needs, but after surgery, it’s important to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor to avoid readmission to the hospital. Start tracking, monitoring, and speeding up your recovery after surgery with the Cix Health Surgery Tracker now in the Cix Health App. Download the app today!