Prepping for husbands surgery, what am i missing?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Maybe pre-cook some meals and freeze them so you don’t have to worry at all about cooking while you’re helping him recover?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Bland food and uh stool softeners are good for immediately post op. (Husband had knee surgery 2 days ago and that was what I had to get from walmart). Comfort foods for him. Make sure he takes a shower right before surgery because it may be a bit until he can shower post op. Do not let the pain get out of control. As soon as his pain level starts increasing get another dose of meds in him before it gets too bad. We had a rough first night because of this.  

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Make sure he gets enough fluids and takes stool softeners. Narcotic analgesics are very constipating for a lot of people.

Follow pre-op instructions which usually includes no ASA or NSAID’s a week to 10 days pre-op.

Have lots of gauze on hand to make moustache dressings. They may need to be replaced as much as hourly.

What procedure is he having? I have never heard of that long a period of bed rest following sinus surgery.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

maybe prepare some meals ahead of time and freeze them.  broth soups and lighter meals.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

When my brother had surgery my mom made a lot of banana bread and muffins with oat bran and extra fibre.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@tksjewelry:  I think most patients need 2-3 weeks off work for recovery, but not that amount of bedrest. That would be very high risk for a DVT- deep vein thrombosis or blood clot in the leg.

Sinus surgery is difficult for the patient. It can be very uncomfortable.

He can have swelling of the eyelids for 1-2 weeks which makes reading, watching TV etc a problem. Maybe surprise him with some recorded books to help pass the time?

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

your drugstore pharmacist shoud, be able to tell you what gauze to buy for a moustache dressing. We just use x4″ squares, fold them in thirds one way so you end up with about 1.3 x 4″ strips. hold them in place with a strip of tape.

 

Check with the surgeon’s office pre-op. They should be able to tell you what they like patients to use.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Plenty of fluids and stool softeners. I wish I had thought to tell FH this when I had my wisdom teeth out. It was rough recovering from surgery and being constipated thanks to pain pills. Pre-make some meals so you don’t have to worry about that. As far as bandages go, they should give you some to take home. If they don’t, you can always ask. The music and books on tape are a good idea too since his eyes will probably be swollen for a while. I don’t know what kind of recovery a sinus surgery would require, but FH got me one of those pillows that allows you to sit up in bed (a backrest pillow?). I really liked having it for the support while I was recovering from surgery I had to remove a fallopian cyst a few years back. I was very uncomfortable sitting up for about a week and having that allowed me to prop up in bed without hurting. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

In case you don’t already have them:

– A power strip that can hold all the chargers for his devices near the bed, since he might be using more techy stuff than usual!

– One of these http://i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/224995644/ice_pack_eye_mak_PVC_mask_gel.jpg super sexy eye mask/ice packs, since that area will be pretty swollen and sore.

– I know a lot of people have suggested stool softeners, which in most hospitals means Colace (Docusate) – both times I’ve had surgery this didn’t do a damn thing for me. MIRALAX IS YOUR FRIEND. He can take both the colace and miralax together, but the miralax is gonna get the job done much more effectively… you pretty much can’t NOT poop with that stuff!

– A tray table/water pitcher/large water bottle to keep snacks and drinks nearby without spilling. Also if he’s going to be lying down a lot (not sure if the sinus surgery will cause weird pressure in his head?) you might need some straws that can bend so he can drink without pouring water everywhere.

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