5 Ways To Support A Loved One Recovering From Surgery

Surgery has never been easy. It’s not always easy to watch a close one get through the surgery and recovery. It’s hard to watch them fight to recover their mobility and health, but there’s a lot you can do to support them.

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To help your loved one recover from surgery, here are six ways of showing your love and support.

Complete Some Of Their Task

Following surgery, your friends or family may have more trouble with daily tasks that were once simple. Doing for them something they can’t do for themselves is the most practical method to show support. Small gestures can go a long way in assisting. Offering to take their kids to school, care for their pet, or cooking for them allows them to rest and avoid overexertion and re-injury. Their bodies will be able to rest, but their minds will be able to focus on their rehabilitation.

Support Their Recovery 

Depending on the procedure, a patient may have to stay in the hospital for a few weeks after surgery. Simply being present shows how much you care. You can show them you care by bringing them flowers, a favorite book, or simply sitting next to their bedside and watching TV with them. Nobody likes to be alone when healing. Even those who are naturally loners and need extra space want to know someone is there for them. Knowing someone is there for them in times of need helps alleviate stress and anxiety while promoting a happy mood.

Be Strong

Whether it’s a procedure such as Cataract Surgery, a hip replacement, or even cancer treatment. Your loved one will look to you for support. It helps to remind them that you will stand firm for them. This is their time to recover, and yours to assist.

Equip yourself psychologically to be the one people turn to for advice and guidance. Withdrawal and depression may occur depending on the length of recovery. Anticipating this can help them feel more optimistic about their recovery. Also, be an example in how you talk about their rehabilitation, concentrating on the positive rather than the negative.

Be Positive

Before the procedure, tell them what to expect from you throughout their recuperation. Let them know you’ll be there to support their choices. Finally, allow them to be vulnerable during their recuperation. Assuring loved ones that they are not a burden will relieve tension and help them heal faster.

Be Available Throughout

It’s easy to have good intentions when your family member or friend is recovering after surgery, but it’s crucial to remember to stay there for the entire recuperation. Depending on the procedure, the patient’s mobility may improve as they begin to heal. An excellent indicator of healing, but not a sign that the patient can return to normal activities.

Be available to help take out the garbage or carry groceries until they have fully recovered. If it’s a friend you don’t see much, remember to call and see if they require any assistance. You may think like you’re questioning them endlessly, but asking questions will ensure that they don’t ruin their recovery by doing too much too soon.

There are so many varied personalities and types of people that no two procedures are alike. So, during recuperation, the level of treatment will vary based on the individual. Some will require round-the-clock care and appreciate the companionship of loved ones. They’ll need additional room. There is no incorrect method to offer your support for a recovering loved one. Sometimes just being present is enough.

This is a collaborative post.



  1. Great advice, Melinda. My husband had surgery last Monday, on his 73rd birthday. Taking care of him is my number one focus right now. I’m finding that it’s important to take good care of myself, too, so that I will be fit to take care of him.

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