When you decide to have rhinoplasty, sinus surgery or a combined rhinoplasty and sinus surgery procedure, you most likely know that there will be a recovery period after the surgery, during which you’ll want to relax and take it easy. Admittedly, the recovery after any type of nasal surgery isn’t exactly fun. But, that doesn’t mean it has be onerous or particularly challenging. A bit of planning before your surgery can help you enjoy a hassle-free recovery period that’s as comfortable as possible.
Tidy Up Your House Before Surgery
You don’t want to have to worry about the dishes in the sink or dishwasher or about whether or not the floors need to be swept or vacuumed during the first few days of recovery after rhinoplasty. If you’re the one who usually takes care of the chores around your house, it can be helpful to do as many chores as you can before your surgery, so that your house is neat and clean as you recover. You might also consider making a chore list for people who live with you to complete until you feel well enough to start washing dishes again or to do other chores.
If you enjoy doing housework, there are a few tasks you can resume again almost immediately after surgery. You can make the bed or prepare some foods almost right away, as long as the activity doesn’t involve a lot of bending or any heavy lifting. Standing at a kitchen counter can actually be helpful, as it keeps your head up. Just keep in mind that you might get tired from stand and need to take a break sooner rather than later.
If you’re not a fan of housework, your recovery period can be the perfect excuse to hire a housekeeper for a short period. The housekeeper can come once a week or so during your first month of recovery and give your home a deep cleaning. Whatever you decide to do, whether it’s recruit others in your home, hire outside help, or let things lie until you feel well enough to them on your own, rest assured that no one will be judging the state of your house during your recovery period.
Hire a Baby or Pet Sitter
Hiring someone to look after your kids or pets (or both) during your initial recovery after nasal surgery can be particularly helpful. Even if you have a relatively lazy dog who doesn’t enjoy going for walks, you’re going to want someone to be there for him or her, to make sure he or she has enough food and water and to take him or her out from time to time. The same is true if you have cats. Bending over to scoop out the litter box can be challenging for a few days after your surgery, so it can be helpful to ask a friend to watch your cat for you or to hire a neighborhood kid or even your own teenager to do it.
Depending on how old your children are, hiring a babysitter to keep an eye on them during the first week after your rhinoplasty can give you some peace of mind and let you know that your kids are all right. You might consider having the kids stay with a grandparent, aunt or uncle as you recover. It will be a bit of an adventure for them and will give you plenty of peace and quiet around the home.
Give Yourself a Simple Project
There is a chance that you’ll get a bit bored during your recovery, particularly if you’re the type of person who’s constantly on the go. One way to reduce or avoid boredom is to give yourself a quiet, simple project to work on as you recover. The project can be almost anything, as long as it doesn’t require a lot of strenuous movement. You might decide that you will finally tackle a big novel you’ve been meaning to read as you recuperate after surgery, or you might use your recovery period as an excuse to finish knitting a sweater or crocheting an afghan for a friend.
Sticking to a healthy diet after your sinus surgery or rhinoplasty has a number of benefits. You’ll feel better faster the more healthfully you eat. A diet that’s high in fiber can also help you avoid the constipation that commonly comes along with taking pain medications and limiting activity. Prepping a few healthy meals before your surgery, so that they are in the freezer ready to be reheated, can help you avoid the temptation to order take-out. You can also use your recovery as an excuse to give a meal service a try.
A top facial plastic surgeon in the areas of rhinoplasty, Dr. Shervin Naderi wants every patient to enjoy a comfortable and easy recovery after nasal surgery. To learn more about your surgical options, which one is right for you, and the recovery process afterwards, call (301) 222-2020 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naderi today.