What is After Surgery Care?
Recovering from a surgery can be physically and mentally exhausting for the patient, as well as their loved ones. Post-operative care (commonly called post-operative care or post-op care) is specialized rehabilitation by a medical professional to ensure healing goes smoothly. Depending on the type of surgery, the type of care involved can be quite extensive. Having post-op care provided in your home can help with recuperation and establish normality as quickly as possible.
Why You Should Consider After Surgery Care
When it is time to leave the hospital after a surgery, you will typically receive a set of discharge instructions to help with your recovery. There are many instances where patients need to be readmitted to the hospital because the instructions were not followed. If you do not follow the discharge instructions there are risks including:
- Complications resulting from not taking medications as prescribed
- Complications arising from exerting yourself too soon
Retaining a professional for after surgery care will help you to follow the discharge instructions and provide you assistance while you recover. The nurses at Nova Nursing will make sure to do the following to facilitate a quick recovery:
- Check that your wound is healing properly, and does not look infected
- Check any drains or IVs that are left in place
- Follow any post-op orders that are given for blood drawing, wound care and drain care
- Teach a family member how to do as much of your care (that can be safely done) as possible
Many patients are discharged with feeding tubes, intravenous (IV) lines and drains that will need to be managed once you’re at home. You also may have a wound dressing to change. All this can be performed by a medical professional provided by Nova Nursing.
Nova’s After Surgery Care Services
At Nova Home Care & Staffing we know that taking care of a loved one after a big surgery can be overwhelming. There is no need to take it on all by yourself. The diverse team of medical professionals (nurses and home health aides) at Nova can greatly alleviate the stress that follows an operation and will be on hand to make sure no complications arise. Some of the support we provide to patients and their loved ones includes the following:
- Changing bandages and re-dressing wounds
- Cleaning wounds to preventing infection
- Catheter or colostomy bag maintenance
- Staying on top of medications
- Helping around the house
- Bathing and hygiene assistance
- Meal preparation
On top of these tasks, our in home health care team members are there to provide emotional support and companionship. The hands on medical tasks are important but we also pride ourselves on helping our patients feel comfortable and cared for on the road to recovery. We always make sure patients are matched with caregivers that have all the relevant skill sets they will need.
Contact Nova Home Care Today
We understand that bringing a caregiver into your home is not a decision that most people make lightly. Many people will want to care for their loved ones on their own. Our experienced, compassionate team members will immediately alleviate any worries you might have. Contact us today to learn more about your post-operative care services and to go over your specific case.