The Upside of Going Under in December: 5 Major Benefits of Scheduling Surgery During the Holidays

If your holiday season holds a surgery, we wouldn’t blame for you for being a little down about it. But—while you might need to cut back on the eggnog and probably won’t be able to join in on that sled race—it actually turns out there are some benefits of scheduling your surgery during the holidays. Today, then, we’re breaking down the upside of going under during the month of December. Read on for three major benefits of having a procedure during the most wonderful time of the year.

  1. The timing is perfect.

You likely already have some time off coming your way at the end of the year—so getting that pesky procedure you’ve been putting off done (finally!) is a great way to use up any of your accumulated annual sick days. Plus, the holidays are a time when lots of people slip away for travel—so, depending on the industry you’re in, scheduling surgery during the holidays allows you to take care of that procedure during the slow season when your absence likely won’t be a major blow to your coworkers (who’ve already snuck out of the office themselves). The other major benefit of the end-of-the-year timing? You’ve probably already met your health insurance deductible this late in the year, which can help ensure you don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for your procedure.

  1. Recovering inside is easier.

Ah, the holidays—that time of year when you want nothing more than to stay in pajamas all day long and curl up by your fireplace with a good movie or great book. Turns out, if you’ve scheduled surgery during the holidays, this is also a pretty perfect scene for your recovery. When it’s cold outside and most of the fun is taking place indoors (bring on the cookie baking and tree decorating!), staying inside to recover is much easier than it is during the summer months when everyone is outside splashing around under the sun without you.

  1. You’ll have extra support.

Scheduling surgery during the holidays likely means you’ll have extra family around to aid in your recovery. When you’re recovering from a procedure, there’s nothing better than having people you trust around you to offer extra help and moral support. Whether it’s making you a quick plate of food, driving you to the pharmacy, changing your dressings, getting you a fresh ice pack, or simply watching daytime television with you as you’re stuck on the couch, there’s nothing better than the extra support family members can provide as you recover.

  1. You can recover discreetly.

If you’re having an elective cosmetic procedure, scheduling surgery during the holidays is a great way to keep your reveal under wraps from your coworkers as everyone is out of the office for the holidays. Plus, it’s not at all odd for people to whisk away to warmer locations for the holidays, so sneaking away to a beach resort for your recovery and simply telling family, friends, and coworkers that you went away for holiday vacation won’t tip them off. And, lastly, bundling up is perfectly acceptable during the holidays—so wearing scarves and hats is a great way to strategically cover up any stitches that are still healing. (Psst…read more about healing faster from your elective cosmetic procedure here.)

  1. ClearFast will get you back to holiday cheer!

The best way to get an edge on recovery so you can get back to all of that holiday fun? Preparing your body for your procedure before you go under. (The stronger you go under anesthesia, after all, the quicker you’ll heal when you wake up.) From drastically reducing your chances of post-op nausea and vomiting to decreasing your risk of a developing surgical infection, drinking ClearFast in place of a from-midnight fast before your procedure is proven to lead to an enhanced recovery after surgery. You can learn more about why doctors are replacing fasting from midnight with drinking ClearFast here—but the bottom line is this: if you’ve scheduled surgery during the holidays and want to make sure you get back to full health as soon as possible, preparing your body with ClearFast is the easiest and most effective way to do so!

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Overall, scheduling surgery during the holidays isn’t as bad of an idea as it initially may seem. The extra help of family and the perfect end-of-the-year vacation timing both help ensure your December procedure isn’t so drab. If you’re ready to get a major leg up on your holiday surgery, you can order your ClearFast Presurgery Drink here! And, as always, reach out to our team at support@drinkcf.com if you have any questions at all. We’re always here and happy to help make your holiday surgery experience a successful one!