Vascular surgery sometimes requires a traditional or open approach that includes long incisions carried through layers of skin, muscle, and other tissue to reach and address the damaged vein or artery.
However, many conditions such as peripheral artery disease, varicose veins and other blood vessel abnormalities are treated with minimally invasive approaches that require only a small incision or needle puncture to access the targeted vessel.
Either way, your willingness to participate in the postsurgical process or aftercare treatments often shapes the speed and success of your recovery.
Dr. Farouk Marzouk is a highly skilled and well-respected vascular surgeon in practice at Frontier Medical Care in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York. He encourages his patients to understand the importance of their role in a successful and speedy recovery from vascular surgery and offers four tips to get you started.
Ways to help speed your recovery after vascular surgery
Help ensure a quick and successful recovery after your vascular surgery or treatment by:
1. Setting yourself up for success
At Frontier Medical Care, Dr. Marzouk and his team always take time to explain the treatment and answer your questions regarding recovery before you schedule the procedure.
For this initial visit, bring in a list of detailed questions about the treatment itself, what you should expect afterward, and ways you can prepare your home for a comfortable recovery.
You may, for instance, need assistance at home for a couple of days after surgery and/or a ride back to the office for your postsurgical follow-up visit.
2. Stopping, starting, or continuing your medications as directed
Be sure you understand which medications you should continue or stop/start before and after the procedure and the doses and timing for each. It’s often helpful to inform a family member or close friend regarding your medication list as well, so they can remain alert regarding potential side effects or other problems with your medicine.
Don’t forget to inform Dr. Marzouk of all the prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines and supplements you take, since these can affect your surgical outcome.
3. Following your postprocedure instructions faithfully
Unless clearly indicated as such, the directions you receive regarding postprocedure care are not simply suggestions. Each is designed to help ensure a successful recovery and requires strict adherence. Change your bandages and dressings as directed, monitor your surgical site for signs of infection, and take other instructions seriously.
If, for instance, you’ve been told to get up periodically for a brief walk inside your home, do that rather than lying on the couch all day. On the other hand, if you’ve been warned to limit activity for a specific period, don’t take a three-mile hike around the neighborhood until Dr. Marzouk clears you for that.
4. Developing healthy habits before and after the procedure
Vascular surgery can repair damaged blood vessels and thus lessen their effect on your current health and overall well-being. It can’t, however, guarantee that you won’t develop the same issue again, especially if you continue with habits that contributed to the condition in the first place.
A healthy diet, stopping smoking, weight loss when necessary, and routine physical activity are simple measures you can take to help speed your recovery now and limit your risk of future vascular problems.
For state-of-the-art care aimed at improving your vein and artery health, schedule a visit with us at Frontier Medical Care today. Call our office or book your appointment online.