Hi, 'Wifey' ~
I'm not a doctor but I do have experience as a recovering AN surgery patient so here is my response to your questions:
1. Your husband may not want visitors immediately post-surgery, especially the first day or so, due to fatigue from the surgery, which is considered major. He may be kept in the ICU for a day or more, depending on how he's doing. I would plan to take it day-by-day. Tell family and friends that you'll let them know about visiting. If he has no complications, most AN surgery-related hospital stays are approximately five days so he'll be home soon enough and will likely be more agreeable to visits.
2. You should be able to return to work within a week to ten days, barring any unexpected problems in your husbands recovery.
3. Not really. Much will depend on your husbands rate of recovery. Like him, I was not used to being ill or disabled in any way so I was highly motivated to 'get back to normal'. Once the initial recovery period is past (5-10 days
) he should be walking outside as much as is feasible as that helps with balance and gets one out of the 'invalid' feeling from being housebound. Well, that was my experience.
4. Don't over-pack for the hospital. Slip-on PJ's are a good idea, hard-soled slippers, Chap-Stik
and perhaps a favorite magazine or two. Be prepared for a long wait for the surgery to be completed and try to be patient during his recovery, as it can be a bit trying for someone who is not used to dealing with health issues. That was my experience. Fortunately, my wife is a saint and helped me get through it without her wanting a divorce (I was grumpy
). However, my usual sanguine disposition returned as I felt better and got back into my usual activities.
I can guarantee that other posters will offer more, perhaps better answers to your queries. I just wanted to (a) reply to you ASAP and, (b) wish you and your husband a smooth surgery experience and a rapid recovery. Please try to keep us updated on his progress and consider this site and these forums as a resource. Our membership is very knowledgeable regarding the AN experience and are eager to help. Jim