Large Support System Makes a Difference in Recovery Time - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/08

Large Support System Makes a Difference in Recovery Time

Having friends and family with you before major surgery can improve your chances of a speedy recovery. Researchers at the department of Veterans' Affairs in Ann Arbor, MI, studied more than 600 surgery patients and found that patients who had small groups following their progress had higher levels of postoperative pain, unpleasantness, and anxiety compared to patients with large groups of family and friends.

Researchers say they hope doctors will use the results from this study to ensure that patients with small social networks get additional support after their surgery.

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