Making sure you are properly prepared for vascular surgery is important, but prepping for recovery shouldn't be overlooked. Here is what you can do to make recovery more comfortable and convenient overall:
Put Together an Entertainment Package
You'll likely be expected to stay off your feet and take it easy for at least the first few days after surgery, so it's a good idea to pack yourself an entertainment package that can be easily accessed when you go home to recover. Instead of scavenging around the house to find things to keep you entertained, make sure a box is sitting next to the couch or bed you'll be resting in that includes stuff like:
Your Favorite DVDs
Crossword Puzzle Books
Newly Released Magazines
Letter Writing Materials
Include several items you already enjoy on a regular basis so everything is ready to be used without having to move around too much or ask someone else to gather what you want.
Enlist Friends and Family to Help
If you're like most people, you don't want to put your friends and family out by asking for their help while you recover from vascular surgery. But without some help, your recovery may be delayed and you might end up needing more help from your loved ones than you originally did. Don't be afraid to ask your friends and family members to volunteer their time to look after you for a few days after your surgery.
Schedule one person a day to come check on you at home so they can help you with chores, meal preparation, and other tasks that might be too strenuous for you. This will take some of the pressure off of those living in your household and help ensure that you don't rely too heavily on any one person throughout your recovery.
Practice Your Lifestyle Changes
You'll likely have to make some lifestyle changes to ensure that you don't end up needing vascular surgery again in the future. Your doctor will help you put together a diet and lifestyle plan, but it will be up to you to implement the plan when you get home after surgery. So, don't wait until you're completely recovered to start practicing your new lifestyle changes.
Start your new diet right away, do a little walking when you can, and implement other small lifestyle changes as you're physically able to during recovery. This will help make maintaining your lifestyle changes easier once you've fully recovered and started living your regular life again.