These thoughtful gifts for people recovering from surgery are based on a doctor’s post surgery tips. Each of these “post surgery gifts” will help patients heal and recover after a surgeon’s stitches are sealed.
A Nifty Nabber Pick-Up Tool with Aluminum Handle is a good gift for post surgery patients because they aren’t supposed to turn or twist while healing. A simple grabber can help patients pick up items off the floor and at the end of the bed – or even open their mini fridge and grab a soda pop! After the post-op patient is more mobile, the grabber can help them reach for things from an upper shelf or cupboard.
The following post surgery gift ideas for people healing from surgery aren’t sexy, but they are practical and helpful. They’re for patients who have been discharged after surgeries as complicated as back and brain operations. If you’re shopping for a breast cancer survivor, read 17 Gift Ideas for Women After Breast Cancer Surgery.
10 Post Surgery Gifts for Healing and Recovery
This list of gifts don’t include the obvious magazines, books, or funny movies to help back patients stay happy. Nor do they include bouquets of flowers, chocolates, or gift baskets – though those can all be good gifts for post surgery healing and recovery! I wanted to go beyond the typical “get well soon” gift ideas, and help patients heal from serious surgeries.
A Mini Fridge to make post surgery healing more convenient
A Mini Fridge for ice, water, and juice is a thoughtful, practical post-op surgery recovery gift. Whether the patient is healing from a mastectomy or a spine fusion, a tonsilectomy or a laparoscopy, she can’t get out of bed and run up and down the stairs during recovery.
A mini-fridge by the bed allows for a stockpile of ice packs, water, juice, snacks, and other essentials for the day.
Grocery, gas, or Amazon gift cards
An Amazon Gift Card is a good post surgery gift idea because patients won’t be out shopping for groceries, toiletries, or other necessary items. This gift doesn’t focus on helping a patient heal from surgery as much as help ease the stress of being off work and not having an income.
People recovering from back surgery may not be able to go back to work for awhile, and thus may struggle financially. A practical gift card – not one from Starbucks or iTunes – can help ease the financial pressure of healing from back surgery.
A memory foam gift for post operation sleep
A Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Bamboo Cover by Coop Home Goods – Made in the USA is a custom mold pillow to meet post surgery needs because it’s effective for all sleep positions.
This pillow allows for greater ventilation and promotes proper alignment for deeper sleep through the night.
Help sleeping after surgery
Sleep is one of the most important gifts a post surgery patient could ever receive. If a pillow isn’t the right gift, consider Nightwave Sleep Assistant. It’s doctor-recommended for falling asleep naturally, and it quiets the mind and body by guiding patients through a pre-sleep relaxation routine. It’s silent, completely natural, non-invasive, and requires no headphones, wires or masks.
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The soft light is dim and soothing – not associated with bright light therapy – and it’s less expensive, less risky, and more supportive of overall health than prescription sleep medications.
Post surgery transportation – a practical gift for patients
A thoughtful gift for back surgery patients is your willingness to drive them to follow-up appointments, physiotherapy sessions, and even support groups. Instead of asking your patient to call when he needs a ride, send a text or email every morning. Ask what’s lined up for the day or week, and if you can drive him to a doctor or other appointment.
If you know your post-op patient isn’t sleeping well (getting a good night’s rest is crucial and difficult after surgery!), read How to Sleep After Breast Cancer Surgery.
Electronic reader or tablet
A Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi might be the best gift idea, as it allows surgery patients to load books and magazines, not just surf the internet.
A wireless internet connection and something like an iPad is an essential gift for post surgery patients. They won’t be dancing jigs or running marathons while healing, and they will get bored. A light, easy to handle Samsung tablet or an Apple iPad with Wi-Fi is helpful for back surgery patients.
One surgeon said participating in supportive and informative forums can be a very helpful way to stay connected with other patients recovering from surgery. It’s important not to let the internet consume the patient, of course.
Supportive pillows for after back surgery
After surgery, patients may need extra support for the back and neck. A BedLounge Ultimate Back Support Pillow may be above and beyond what the back doctor ordered, but it’s worth a think. A gift like this will come in handy even after the back surgery recovery is a distant memory, because the pillow is good for watching movies and even lounging in the backyard on a warm summer day.
Talk to the surgeon before buying this post surgery recovery gift, though – a memory foam wedge might be more effective. Each surgery is different, as is every patient, and you want to make sure you get a gift that helps someone heal.
A water infuser
One of my favorite gift ideas for after surgery is a Atlantis Water and Fruit Infusion Glass Pitcher. It’s perfect for infusing beverages with natural flavors. It’s a great way to enjoy a sweet drink without added sugar. It’s so easy to use; just choose your favorite fruits, and slice them into smaller pieces. The smaller the slices, the stronger the infusion. Put the fruit inside the infuser and add fresh water. Wait for at least an hour and voila! Delicious water with no calories.
Post operative patients are often instructed to drink a lot of water after surgery, to flush out their system and get their kidneys and bowels moving again. Water gets boring to drink, which is why an infuser is a good post surgery gift idea.
Satin sheets for easy sliding
Soft, comfortable Fitted Satin Bedsheets are a beautiful-yet-practical gift after back surgery. They’re not only luxurious for after back surgery, they’ll help patients slide in and out of bed quickly and easily.
This is one of those thoughtful post surgery gifts that’s also practical. Make sure the sheets are fitted, though, else they’ll come undone.
Comfort basket to support patients emotionally after surgery
Here’s a wonderful gift idea for patients after back surgery:
A small container or basket with comfort items the patient can easily reach (this is where the grabber comes in handy!). Fill the basket with reading materials, tissues, lip balm, water bottle with straw, snacks, phone, phone numbers, small notebook, pen, puzzles, etc.
A relaxing, comforting post surgery environment
Related to beauty — what does your patient’s room look like? Is she surrounded by images of beauty and healing, art and flowers, color and light? A post surgery gift is to make sure the patient sees beautiful and healthy things when she’s recovering in bed.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” said Pablo Picasso. Can you incorporate art into your patient’s life to help with recovery and healing?
Heating pads for post surgery pain
About two days after back surgery – depending on the type and severity of the surgery, of course – heating pads can alleviate lower back pain and discomfort. The BodyMed Digital Heating Pad includes “moist heat”, which is especially useful for pain relief associated with muscle strains and spasms, joint pain and inflammation.
If you give a heating pad as a gift to a post surgery patient, make sure he knows when to use heat versus ice. Ice packs can be really good for back pain relief, and so can heating pads.
Does your post-op patient have a birthday coming up? Read Thoughtful 40th Birthday Gifts for Women.
Encouragement for patients recovering from surgery
In 20 Breast Cancer Surgery Recovery Gifts, I describe the importance of hope on healing and recovery after a major illness or health event. I don’t know how your back surgery patient is coping with discouragement and pain, but it’s always good to bring a message of joy, peace, and inspiration.
If you don’t know how to bring the gift of hope and encouragement to a patient recovering from back surgery, let me know in the comments section below. I’m good at researching stuff 🙂
A post surgery cane or walker
HurryCane All-Terrain Cane; Freedom Edition pictured is that it stands up by itself! If you give this gift, get a ribbon and wind it around the cane. Make it look fun – maybe you can create a candy cane effect. Or, consider getting an ornately carved wooden cane that is not only practical, but also beautiful.
May your loved one experience a full recovery from this surgery, and be able to get out of bed and walk around without any pain or discomfort! May you go back to your regular life quickly and effortlessly, whether it’s work or playing with the kids or traveling to exotic lands. May God bless you with peace, hope, and encouragement. May your faith guide you and lead you, and give you comfort and joy. I send you blessings as you heal and recover – and I also pray that you find gifts in this experience of back surgery.
What do you think of these post surgery gifts to help people recover and heal? I welcome your thoughts below.
“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.” – Albert Schweitzer, MD.