#1: Plan Ahead
The absolute best thing you can do for a smooth recovery is some pre-planning. Even the most mundane task can feel difficult in the days after surgery. Schedule a friend or family member to drive you home after surgery and stay at your side for at least 24-48 hours. Your number one goal is rest and relaxation during this time.
Make sure the majority of your weekly tasks are taken care of ahead of time. You should also have childcare and pet care lined up for the weeks following your surgery. At the time of your initial consultation, your surgeon will provide you more in-depth information about how you can adequately plan for your surgery.
#2: Stop Smoking
Smoking and surgery do not mix. It’s recommended that patients who smoke should avoid doing so for a minimum of 2-weeks before surgery as well as the entire recovery process. Smoking reduces blood flow and can cause complications such as a higher risk of infection during your healing process.