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Your Surgery Journey: Patient Guide

At Home

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​You may need some help once you are home.​ It may take up to a few months before you fully recover. Talk to your healthcare team if you have any concerns about your recovery.

Your ERAS Care Pathway doesn’t stop when you leave the hospital. To help your recovery at home:

  • Slowly get more active.
  • Eat healthy and drink fluids as you did before surgery (unless your healthcare team gives you other instructions).
  • Drink oral nutritional supplements (like Ensure Protein Max) for the first month after surgery to give you extra protein and help you heal faster.
  • Take less pain medicine as your pain gets better.
  • Take your blood thinner and other medicines as you were told.​

Current as of: October 7, 2022

Author: Surgery Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services