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    15 Helpful Things You Might Want To Have If You're Getting Surgery

    They won't take away your pain, but they'll make things a little easier.

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    Surgery recovery is usually an exhausting, frustrating, and painful process β€” and that's when all goes according to plan.

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    Even though aches and discomfort can't fully be avoided, there are products* out there that will make basic things like eating, sleeping, and bathing just a little bit easier as your body heals itself.

    *Every surgery and body is different, so with all of these, your mileage β€” and ability to even use them β€” may vary. And if you're thinking about using any of these (or anything at all!) after surgery, you should still talk to your doctor first.

    Here are some really great things to get in advance of surgery so you can get home and start recovering comfortably ASAP:

    1. A wedge pillow so you can sleep propped up, if that's something you need to do.

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    I recently had chest surgery, and let me tell you, sleeping sitting up those first few days was not fun for this lifelong stomach sleeper. But this wedge pillow actually made everything way more comfortable, and I'm still using it now even though I technically don't need to anymore.

    Get it on Amazon for $43.97.

    2. A travel neck pillow, in case your sitting and sleeping positions are incredibly limited.

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    Depending on what kind of surgery you have, sitting might only be comfortable or possible in one position. A neck pillow means you can feel like you're shifting a little bit, and will also be helpful if you can only sleep sitting up. This one has 4.5 stars and more than 3,000 ratings on Amazon, and an A on Fakespot.

    Get it on Amazon for $29.97.

    3. A box of biodegradable paper straws that let you sip without worrying about washing straws or killing sea turtles.

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    You never think about how much movement is involved with taking a sip of water until surgery recovery means moving any muscle is a full-body effort. If you're not into paper straws and are able to do some washing, this pack of stainless steel straws is affordable and great.

    Get a box of 144 on Amazon for $8.

    4. A container of dry shampoo because washing your hair is probably the last thing you'll want to do.

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    You might not be leaving your home much, so you probably won't care what your hair looks like β€” but avoiding having greasy or dirty-feeling hair will go a long way in making you feel somewhat human.

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $14.23.

    5. A loofah with long handle so you can reach hard-to-get places without having to stretch.

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    Plus, you can also use it as a back scratcher!

    Get it on Amazon for $8.99.

    6. A sink shower head attachment for easy hair washing.

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    Because even if you're not supposed to get your body wet, after 7 days, your hair might need a little cleanliness and attention.

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    7. Or a handheld shower head you can move and point whichever way you need it to.

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    This is especially helpful if there are parts of your body you're instructed not to get wet.

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99.

    8. And a shower chair, because standing in a shower is a lot of work for a recovering body.

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    Taking a nice, long bath seems like the perfect thing today after a grueling surgery, but most recovering body parts can't be submerged in water. So a shower chair is the next best thing.

    Get it on Amazon for $30.95.

    9. A really long phone charging cord, just in case there isn't an outlet close to your bed or couch.

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    Don't let a short cord or a dying phone be the thing that stresses you out. Life doesn't need to be that way.

    Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

    10. Some really soft pants that won't hug your legs or waist too tightly.

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    These Zen Bounce Upstate pants from Lou & Grey basically saved my life during recovery. They are softer than a cloud, and weren't tight at all, which is key when you're experiencing swelling.

    Get them from Lou & Grey or LOFT (where you can use LOFT coupons/sales on them) for $69.50+.

    11. A pair of comfortable slippers with a rubber bottom.

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    Because the last thing you need during recovery is to slip and fall. They'll also keep your feet nice and cozy.

    Get them on Amazon for $13.99+.

    12. A set of compression socks in case blood clots are a concern.

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    They're like getting a nice, firm hug that also make sure your blood is flowing properly. Again, ask your doctor before buying or wearing these.

    Get them on Amazon for $10+.

    13. Some Fiber One bars for when narcotics-induced constipation gets to be too much.

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    If you've ever experienced this, you'll know that these (or Colace) are an actual lifesaver.

    Get them on Amazon for $13.26.

    14. A bidet attachment that'll clean everything up for you with little to no effort.

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    You'll probably keep using it long after the recovery period is over, tbh.

    Get it on Amazon for $34.49.

    15. And a Squatty Potty that'll also help ease things along...if you know what I mean.

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    Again...if you've ever needed assistance in this area, this is the miracle you've been waiting for.

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

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