Post Operative Gift Ideas


After surgery, a person will most likely be fatigued and will be ordered by a doctor to rest to recover from the trauma of an operation. During this time, life can be different and often difficult for a post-operative patient, depending on the severity of the surgery. There are several goods and services that you can give to someone recovering from surgery that will make their recovery time easier to endure, both physically and mentally.

Husband Pillow

  • A person spends a lot of time in bed after surgery, especially if she has had a deeply invasive operation. The husband pillow, which is larger and taller than a regular pillow with two arms to support the elbows, is a great gift for her because it allows her to sit up and enjoy light activities like reading. Be sure to get it in a dark color that will not show stains.

DVD Box Set

  • Life is put on hold after an operation, which can be a challenge for the person who is always on the go. One of the hardest things to cope with can be an excess of time in which he cannot go out, be active or go out to a restaurant. Get him a DVD box set of his favorite show, which will help him pass the long hours when he is stuck at home.

Your Time

  • Most patients cannot function independently once they come home from the hospital after surgery. They need help with household tasks, such as caring for a pet or getting the mail, as well as with getting to the restroom and basic hygiene. If you are close to the patient, stay at his house for a few days and help him get through those first few days where even getting out of bed can be painful.


  • Every patient will have different needs when it comes to their post-operative diet. Often, the pain medications can make it difficult to eat regularly. Give the gift of preparing the foods recommended by her doctor. For example, if the patient has had a gastric bypass, she can only eat pureed or liquid foods. Or if she has had a less severe operation, surprise her with a gourmet gift basket packed with healthy, healing foods.

Be a Driver

  • Life may slow down after an operation, but it certainly does not stop. However, if the patient is on heavy pain medication, he will not be able to operate a motor vehicle. Do him the favor of being his chauffeur for a week or two. Drive him to his doctor's appointments and any other place that he may have to go while he is unable to take the wheel.

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