How should I prepare for my at-home recovery?Nate Deisler
- Ask someone to spend a few days after the surgery at home with you—especially if you live alone.
- Prepare to take it easy for a week or more—compile reading material or a list of movies or television shows you’d like to watch. You’ll be instructed to avoid straining, bending, or lifting for two to three weeks.
- Know that you’ll have drains under your skin for a few days. They will remove any excess blood or fluid.
- Prepare to be asked to wait for 48 hours after your drains are removed to shower. You may take sponge baths until then, however. (You’ll be advised not to take a bath or soak in a hot tub for about a month.)
- Shop for groceries before your procedure and have lots of hydrating liquids and healthy foods, full of fiber and protein, on hand.
- Have dark towels and clothing available. They’ll absorb any leaking fluid.
- Prepare to wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks following the procedure.
- Expect to be sore for a few weeks.
- Prepare to sleep on your back with your upper body slightly elevated, which will help reduce swelling. (Sleeping in a recliner or with a stack of pillows is recommended.)