Planning ahead is the key to a successful return to home after your stay in hospital so prepare your home in the days before you leave for the hospital. Ensure all rugs and obstacles are removed that may prevent you from moving about freely. Make sure all the things you commonly need (such as medications, remote controls etc) are within easy reach. By minimizing the amount of reaching, bending and lifting you need to do you will be increasing the chances of a successful recovery.
Prepare an overnight bag that includes loose fitting clothing and slip on shoes with non-slip soles. It is important you pack shirts that button up, not tops which pull over the head. Remember to pack common medical needs, such as an inhaler if you are asthmatic, but do not pack any other medications from home.
Remember to also bring MRI or CT scans on the day of the surgery.
The following flow chart outlines the typical journey that patients take. While every journey is different it is important to understand common trends and know what to expect from each stage of the process.
Workers compensation patient's journey