How should I sleep after laparoscopic surgery?
Appropriate sleeping position after laparoscopy
Sleeping and taking proper rest after the Laparoscopic Surgery is essential for your recovery. It is vital to maintain your mental and physical health after going through this major surgery. Following are the sleeping position which will cause no problem after your hysterectomy:
- Sleeping on your back
One of the best sleeping after going through any surgery is resting straight on your back. If you have had surgery on your legs, hips, spine, and arms, this position will benefit you most. Moreover, if you add a pillow underneath your body areas, it provides more support and comfort.
Specific details of how your arms, legs, and toes must be facing can vary situation wise. However, straight back with arms at your side, legs straight, and toes facing the ceiling is the best position. The position helps you keep yourself neutrally aligned. So when having doubt how to sleep? Sleep on your back.
- Sleeping on your side
There are certain conditions in which it is not advisable to sleep on your sides. Additionally, it is dangerous to sleep side-wise if you have gone through the hip or spinal surgery. However, if your doctor permits it, you can until and unless you have a support system fixed between your ankles or knees.
I mean one or two plush pillows or foam blocks designed explicitly for support by the support system. You can consult your doctor about the way it is safe to sleep at night.
- Sleeping on your stomach
The doctors do not recommend sleeping on the stomach after the surgery. This position can hurt your spine and can also pressurize the hip area. Try to control your sleeping habit if you are a stomach sleeper. It is best to sleep on your side or back.
Other conditions for faster recovery
There are some other areas you need to work on to increase your recovery rate and avoid complications. So following are the tips:
- Be prepared
There is difficulty in preparing for a last-minute surgery. However, the more you can prepare, the better is the chance for recovery. It does not matter whether you are getting local or out-of-state care; one thing remains constant, i.e., stock up beforehand. You should be prepared with everything by your side before the surgery. Reducing the round to a drug store is one of the ways to reduce stress after surgery. It increases the rate of recovery as you get more rest.
- Keep a helping hand at your side
During the first week of your surgery, it is essential to have someone who can help you when you need it. The person can be anyone your partner, family, friend, roommate, or even health care staff. If you have a complicated surgery with an organ removal process or a simple diagnosis, both need care. It would be best to have someone support work like cooking, cleaning, monitoring complications, moving around the house, etc.
The helper can take care of whether you are taking the meds on time, rest, carrying out the daily exercise, etc. They will make sure your fridge is always stocked up with fresh and healthy food.
- Keep on moving
It is essential that you not just keep on resting. It is necessary to get up and move around every two hours to heal and eliminate gas.
You don’t need to be worried start slow and move as per your capacity. If you feel like you can only walk up to your bathroom, do that! But gradually increase your walking limit up to the nurse’s station. During the hospital days, the nurse will help you in this process, but you carry on the process once you reach home. After a few days, you will be able to go for evening walks too.
- Splint your belly
Your abdomen needs support to heal and hold you upright. If you are having stomach pain, it is best to hug a pillow or bind it using a binder. However, if you are thinking of working, which only involves sitting as it is better than standing, it’s not right.
It is not a good idea as sitting upright also puts a lot of pressure on the abdominal area. Putting a lot of stress in your belly can increase your pain, and hence the complication also increases.
- Be flexible
Everybody has a plan for what they will do during and after the surgery, it is good, but you should also be flexible. Recovering from such major surgery can be unpredictable. You might develop a complication, which will involve hospitalization for a couple more days. But do not get disappointed or stressed.
Don’t hold on to the suggestion your doctor provided you that you will recover in many such days. Each surgery is different, and the recovery is also different for other persons. However, you can plan to return home after two weeks of surgery. For more extensive surgery, take small steps and give yourself 4 to 6 weeks for recovery.
Everybody reacts differently and requires care accordingly. So listen to your body and trust yourself. Give it time, patience, and respect because recovery is not easy after such significant surgeries. Your body will give you a sign when it needs sleep and not a comfortable position to sleep. Follow it and if having any trouble, discuss it with your doctor. Continue your medications and daily exercise, as recommended by the doctor.
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