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May 24, 2022

The 5 Most Common Questions About Care After Surgery

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After surgery care is a very important aspect of recovery. By making sure you take the right steps and adhere to the recovery timeline your doctor recommends, you can reduce your chances of complications after coming home. Before you leave the hospital, you’ll probably have a lot of questions about homecare. Asking questions is really important when it comes to clarifying expectations in order to make a fast and full recovery. 

That being said, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask, so Fedelta has compiled a list of common questions to get you started. Here are the answers to five commonly asked questions about care after surgery from our home care Seattle experts. It’s very important that you or your loved one adheres to your physician’s recommendations when it comes to care after surgery. 

“Our team knows that after-surgery care is important to you and your loved one. Our specially trained in-home care team is here to support your family and help your loved one recover once they return home.”

- Matthew Helbert, RN, MN - Fedelta Home Care CEO

Can You Ride In Your Car After Knee Replacement Surgery?

According to the Mayo Clinic, about 4.7 million Americans have had total knee arthroplasty. As you transition from hospital to homecare, you may be wondering how quickly you can return to riding in a car after a knee replacement. The answer to this very common question is twofold. With your doctor’s permission you should be able to ride in a car immediately after being released from the hospital, so you can go home to recover. Unfortunately, it won’t be very comfortable, so you might not want to take leisurely  Sunday drives until you’ve fully recovered. For the first few weeks of your recovery, you’ll want to avoid car rides as much as possible, because it’ll be uncomfortable. However, short car rides to and from physical therapy shouldn’t pose a risk to recovery. 

If you’re hoping to get back behind the wheel, you’ll need to wait a little longer. For a left knee replacement, you may be able to drive in about two to three weeks post surgery, since you use this leg less while driving. It’s going to take you closer to four to five weeks to drive after right knee surgery. Make sure you get the “all clear” from your doctor before driving or riding in a car for long distances. 

When Can I Resume Normal Activities After Cataract Surgery?

Cataracts are very common in people over 50, so there’s a good chance you may need surgery to have the cataract removed in order to restore your eyesight. Thankfully, cataract surgery is comparatively minor to other types of surgery, so you’ll be back on your feet pretty fast. Here’s the estimated timeline for daily activities. 

  • Driving—You shouldn’t drive until you’re cleared by your doctor, but that could happen as early as your checkup appointment the day after surgery. 
  • Fitness—After your next-day checkup, you should also be able to resume your fitness routine, as long as it doesn’t include contact sports. 
  • Showering—You can shower after surgery, but avoid getting soap or water in your eyes. 
  • Swimming—Avoid swimming for a few weeks, because contaminated and chlorinated water can have a negative effect on your recovery. 
  • Wearing makeup—You should avoid wearing makeup after your cataract surgery for at least one week as makeup can cause irritation. 
  • Sleeping—You may be asked to wear protective eye wear while you’re sleeping for the first week or two. 

As a general note, you should avoid doing anything that may make you rub or touch your eyes. Most people are able to resume daily activities one to two weeks after surgery.

How Long Before I Can Walk Normally Following Hip Surgery?

Everyone’s recovery time and comfort level is a little different when it comes to hip surgery. If you undergo traditional hip replacement surgery, you should be able to walk on your own three to five days after surgery. Some patients like to use a walker longer in order to feel more stable. Full recovery after a traditional hip replacement will take six to twelve months, so be patient, and stay on top of your physical therapy. Contacting a home care agency about facilitating personal care and prescribed exercise programs from the comfort of your own home is a great solution if you’re having a hard time getting to your PT appointments. 

How Long Will I Be In Physical Therapy After A Hip Replacement?

How long you spend doing outpatient physical therapy really depends on how much progress you make. You’ll definitely need to go to physical therapy for four to six weeks following your release from the hospital. You’ll also have prescribed exercises to do at home on your own time. Your physical therapist will tell you how many times a day you should do your at-home PT. Physical therapy focuses on strengthening your muscles and increasing your flexibility to prevent further injury and promote recovery. Your at-home exercises will continue long after you stop going to see a physical therapist. 

Fedelta offers many services to help you on your road to recovery—from at-home physical therapy to shuttle services, so you can easily get to your check-up appointments. To reduce the amount of stress you experience coming home from surgery, make sure you talk to your doctor, so you clearly understand your recovery plan. The more questions you ask, the more you know. 

When Can I Go Back To Work After Coronary Bypass Surgery?

Coronary bypass surgery sometimes needs to be done as an emergency reaction to heart complications, which means you may not have had the time to notify your employer that you’ll need to take time off beforehand. Although you should avoid lifting heavy objects and other strenuous activities, you can resume most of your day-to-day activities quickly after surgery. According to Dr. Bakaeen at the Cleveland Clinic, many people return to work in three to four weeks after bypass surgery. If you have an office job and are feeling up to it, you may be able to return sooner.

Fedelta offers many services to help you on your road to recovery—from at-home physical therapy to shuttle services, so you can easily get to your follow-up appointments. To reduce the amount of stress you experience coming home from surgery, make sure you talk to your doctor, so you clearly understand your recovery plan. The more questions you ask, the more you know. 

Remember, adhering to your physician or surgeon’s recommendations is a critical step in a swift and healthy recovery. This blog is not intended to take the place of a physician’s recommendations for post-surgery recovery.