The importance of a POP (Post-Operative Plan)

While abdominal surgery is common, it causes significant physical trauma to the body post-surgery, not to mention the impact pre-and post-surgery on your mental and emotional health.

Put simply, it’s necessary but it’s not fun!

Your personal recovery journey from abdominal surgery depends on your individual circumstances and the type of operation you’ve had. However, you can make recovery from abdominal surgery smoother by creating a structured post-operative plan (POP) that takes a holistic approach. 

It makes sense that taking control of what happens to your mind and body post-abdominal surgery can result in a faster recovery time. This proactive approach can reduce the risk of avoidable complications and hospital re-admissions, plus help with ensuring your mental health and emotional wellbeing stays on track. 

We encourage you to ask your healthcare professional about your POP; use this checklist to guide your discussions around what to consider as part of a holistic approach:

  • Pain relief
  • Wound care
  • Infection
  • Returning to normal activities/work
  • Exercises
  • Diet
  • Bloating and constipation
  • Scar healing and massages including adhesions
  • Emotional recovery
  • House preparation
  • A compression garment that has been designed using a combination of medical evidence and anecdotal real-life experiences.

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