After surgery, decreased mobility during the healing process can increase the risk of blood clots. You can help prevent this by:
Sugar levels that are too high can increase the risk of infection and increase hospital stay length after surgery. Answer the following questions to see if this is a concern for you.
Have you been screened for diabetes? Known risk factors for diabetes are:
If you are a diabetic, do you know...
We recommend making an appointment with your Family Doctor to discuss this.
Prevent lung problems before and after your surgery and get home and back to your daily activities faster. Use the COUGH.
Cough & Deep Breathe: after surgery take deep breaths and cough to clear lungs.
Oral Health: keep your teeth + gums clean to prevent germs
Understanding: take an active part in your own recovery by understanding your role
Get Out of Bed: moving helps clear secretions from lungs.
Head of Bed Elevated: helps you breath after your operation
Managing your pain may be an important step during any prehabilitation or rehabilitation that you are performing. Connecting with your family doctor is an important place to start for advice on how to manage your pain.
lifeisnow.ca is a website designed to provide resources for people to learn how to manage their own pain. A number of their resources are available for free. They focus on:
In addition, please see the local resources section on the exercise page.
Please visit http://oasis.vch.ca/media/OASIS-Hand-Osteoarthritis-Protecting-Your-legs-feet.pdf to learn more on protecting your joints in your legs and feet.