1. Stay Clean
Maintaining cleanliness of body parts that are opened during operation is important. You should still keep it clean and dry. To clean it, just use soap and water. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice a widening wedge marks, red marks, have a fever, or elevated temperatures around the incision. All these symptoms can indicate an infection.
2. Consider pain
Incision or stitches may be painful, itching, feels numbness, and more. But if the pain lasts before and after surgery, you should tell your doctor. The pain can be reduced by a walk or performing daily activities. But if this continues, immediately check with your doctor.
You can drive a vehicle again around six weeks after surgery, but check with your doctor about the right decision, because it can be different for each patient. However, to date there is no prohibition for being a passenger.
4. Doing housework
After six weeks, you usually should not do housework. But take note, not to stand in one place for more than 15 minutes. Also do not lift heavy objects, and avoid pushing or pulling heavy objects.
5. Going up the stairs
Going up the stairs is usually allowed after cardiac surgery. However, you should discuss with your doctor. Most people are allowed to climb the stairs once a day. For the time being, avoid going up and down the stairs too often.
6. Healthy food
A healthy diet will help the recovery process. Doctors typically will give a list of foods that should never be eaten after surgery. But usually patients will lose their appetite after surgery. For that, it would be nice if you split meals into several small parts and increasing meal frequency. If your appetite has not improved within a few weeks, you should see a doctor.
7. Avoid insomnia
Many patients have trouble sleeping after surgery. The good news is the desire to sleep usually comes back after a few months. Consuming pain killers half an hour before bed, making the bed more comfortable, or a nap before can usually help you sleep soundly at night. Avoid caffeine or heavy meals that can make sleeping difficult.
8. Check emotions
Feeling depressed is normal for patients to feel after heart surgery. Usually sadness decreases after a few weeks. However, if the depression continues to emerge, it is better to talk to a psychologist or do some things that can improve your mood.
The recovery process is a critical time after surgery. Doing the things above can help you recover quicker.