If you are wondering what to say to someone recovering from surgery, here are 125 positive words of encouragement after surgery for friends and family that will bring your loved one healing. Scroll down for inspirational quotes for surgery recovery.
#1 Sending uplifting thoughts of pain-free days filled with good health as you recover from your operation. I hope you have more sunny days than dreary, and that the shadow of surgery vanishes quickly. I am sending you warm wishes for healing and comfort.
#2 Life can sometimes feel a little uncertain. However, one thing is sure, and that is the fact that it is still a beautiful world, filled with the love of those who hold you dear. I am one of those people, cheerleading for you to come through this current challenge. You are in my thoughts.
#3 As you come out of surgery, may the scarring be small, the pain minimal, the nurse caring, the doctor friendly, the recovery swift, and the outcome an improvement. Or, at the very least, may the pain medicine be helpful. I am a call or text away if you feel up to talking.
#4 Medical procedures are often a cause for anxiety beforehand and one for relief thereafter. I hope you’re now beyond the worry and into a more relaxed state of healing. I am sending best wishes for a comfortable recovery.
#5 Wouldn’t it be great if life were like a video game and drinking a potion or using a power-up would immediately bring recovery to full health? If I could mix you an elixir or hand you a magic heart to get you past this post-surgery period, I’d do so in an instant. Sending best wishes for a quick recovery.
#6 It’s said that what does not kill us makes us stronger. Now that you’ve survived surgery, I hope the healing journey brings you great strength in body and soul. I look forward to seeing you again when you’re ready.
#7 The bandages that covered our cuts and scrapes as kids may not be enough to close up a surgical wound. Yet the sentiment that our parents often shared – to kiss and make our wounds better – may be just as effective. Please consider this the written equivalent of a kiss to make it better. I hope you heal quickly.
#8 Surgery can take it out of you, and recovery can be full of challenges. I hope that you’re buoyed by positive thoughts from friends, family, and all of us who care about you and that your energy returns so you can sail through recovery. Sending strong winds for a smooth ride.
#9 Surgery may break the skin, but it leaves the spirit intact and the second helps to heal the first. Your spirit is one of the strongest around. May it see you through recovery and beyond without strain.
#10 As you move forward from surgery, know that you are cared for, thought of, and supported. Words may not be the same as a giant hug, but hopefully, this message gives you at least a bit of that warm, fuzzy feeling. Sending love to you.
#11 Flowers may brighten a room, but they pale in comparison to the light you bring. May you recover with ease to a state of lightness and joy.
#12 No doubt, you are exhausted after your surgery. It can be draining emotionally too, so I hope that these words of love and affirmation will lift your spirits and fill your cup. We cannot wait to see you and bring a smile to your sweet face once more.
#13 Surgery in all its forms is unpleasant, but hopefully, the hardest part is behind you, and now you’re on the road to recovery. I hope it’s a well-paved one without any bumps or sudden turns.
#14 Just a quick note to say I’m thinking of you and hoping that your procedure went well. When you’re ready for a call or a visitor, I’d love to know how you’re doing. Until then, rest, recover and know that you’re in my thoughts.
#15 It makes my heart ache to think of you having surgery. Probably not as much as you ache from the actual surgery, though! I hope the procedure was quick, clean, and set the stage for a speedy recovery.
#16 Health is such a gift, and yet love is even more precious. Please know that whatever happens, we love you and cherish you. We want to support you in your recovery in whatever way is best. Let us shower you with the affection and kindness you deserve.
#17 According to the dictionary, operations are for the restoration of health. I hope that’s the case for you and that you’re up and about before long. Sending love and good wishes your way.
#18 I am so sorry to learn that you needed surgery and hope that you recover quickly. I’m sending healing thoughts and wishes your way along with a gentle, non-painful hug. I hope you feel better soon.
#19 Medical procedures tend to be the opposite of fun, but hopefully, now you can look ahead to brighter times without “surgery” penciled into the calendar. Wishing you a fast recovery.
#20 I hope your recovery from surgery happens at a breakneck pace, so fast it nearly gives you whiplash. Although maybe not so fast that you need a neck brace or more surgery.
#21 If anyone I know can set a record for the fastest-post-surgery healing time, it’s you. Best of luck with a speedy recovery. I hope you’re back on your feet in the blink of an eye.
#22 When the anesthesia wore off, you took the first step to recovering from surgery. And all you had to do was wait for it. The next steps might not be so easy, but I know you’ll get through this. Sending love your way as you do.
#23 May kind hands tend to your needs. May gentle words soothe your mind. May loving friends be a joy to you in your recovery. You certainly do not need to go it alone. Count on me to be there when you need support in the days ahead.
#24 No one enjoys being a patient, and I hope that with surgery behind you, you won’t be one for long. Sending wishes of an easy recovery and high hopes for a clean bill of health.
#25 The path of healing from a procedure can be painful, itchy, and otherwise uncomfortable. If I could do anything to take that away, I would. Sending support and love to you during this time.
#26 The pain of your operation will fade, and hopefully, the benefits will long outlast the memory of discomfort. Sending you healing energy as you recover.
#27 Life’s big challenges can seem insurmountable. Recovery from surgery can feel like an uphill slog. I am here to give you a hand up if you need it. When we can make it to the summit and a wonderful view, you will see how far you have come.
#28 How grateful I am that we live in a time when surgery can help to improve the lives of those we love. I hope yours brings you one step closer to health gives me one more reason to be grateful.
#29 Advancement in any form is rarely painless. I’m sorry that for your health to improve you’ve had the pain of surgery, and I hope that recovery is easier and faster than expected. I’m keeping you in my thoughts and wishing you well.
#30 If music can help reduce pain, then I’m sending you a mental symphony of soothing sounds to ease the sting of surgery. I hope you have access to good tunes as you recover and that you find yourself dancing to the beat before you know it.
#31 Thinking of you following your surgery. I hope that you know peace in your heart and mind following the procedure. It is always a little disconcerting to be out of your home at vulnerable times. I am hoping that you will soon be in the comfort of your own place.
#32 Your attitude towards surgery has been an inspiration to me. I hope that you are being well looked after in your recovery, and able to remain positive, as is the norm for you. Know that I am thinking of you and wishing you all the best.
#33 I want you to know that I am thinking of you following your surgery. I love that I am part of your beautiful story. You have always faced every challenge with courage. You are precious to me and are forever on my mind. Recover well.
#34 I hope that you are receiving good care in the hospital, and I look forward to seeing you when you feel up to it. May you bask in the love of family and friends during these days as you recover from surgery. It will provide an opportunity to spend quality time with those who love you.
#35 Being in the hospital is no vacation, but I hope that you are feeling comfortable. May you experience rest and refreshment, as you let others care for you. Sleep can be hard to find, but perhaps knowing friends are thinking of you will be a sweet lullaby to comfort you at this time.
#36 You are in my thoughts, and I am hoping that you come through this challenging time stronger and better than ever. Sometimes, it is when we go through stretching times that we find we have more inner resources and courage than we ever thought possible. May this be true for you in these days.
#37 You have always been a treasured friend to me. I welcome the opportunity to show my appreciation for you as you recover from surgery. It would be an honor and a privilege if you would allow me to be a part of your support team. Please do get in touch when you return home.
#38 Rest up and regain your strength. Healing from surgery takes time, and the days can seem long. I would love to visit and give your morale a boost. Perhaps I can even make you smile and laugh at my jokes again.
#39 Greetings and get-well-soon wishes are winging their way to you. I am sending you a virtual hug, too, and I hope it encourages you to know that you are thought of with great fondness at this time.
#40 I hope you are getting over your surgery and regaining your strength. It can be hard getting back into things after surgery has disrupted your routine. If you need someone to help you get a fresh restart, just let me know.
#41 Thinking of you, and so glad you have come through the surgery. I am thankful that we live in a nation where you have been able to have this procedure. Trusting that you will also be getting the best possible care in your recovery.
#42 May the people around you lift your spirits and spread a little joy your way. I hope that your sparkle returns and that you increase in strength following your surgical procedure. Warm thoughts and best wishes from my heart to yours.
#43 I am thankful for the skillful hands and the dedicated training of your medical team. Hoping you can rest assured that you are in good hands. May your recovery exceed your expectations and give you great encouragement at this time.
#44 I thought I would drop you a line or two to let you know you are never far from my thoughts. In-person visiting would be my preference, but you are so worth the wait. I am hoping to see you soon.
#45 I hope you will soon be making tracks for home following your surgery. I am eager for you to finish this time in hospital strong so that we can resume our fun times together. Let me know whenever you feel like getting together.
#46 I hope your recovery at home is a bit of a sanctuary for you. Enjoy this time of peace and rest, as it is a rare gift in this busy life. Your top priority is to take care of yourself and go at your own pace. I wish you sweet and speedy healing.
#47 You have done so well, and I am proud of your progress. You have taken great strides, very quickly. I hope you continue to be encouraged with your recovery in the days to come. What a superstar. Keep it up.
#48 I am sure you wish you were lying on a tropical beach instead of in a hospital bed. Hold onto that thought, because one day it may come true. May the sunshine of happy thoughts and future dreams help your return home come quickly.
#49 You are an active person, so having to be still and rest for a while will be hard for you. You are always helping people, so perhaps this is a time for you to let others do some good deeds for you. I hope you relax and let your body heal while you practice uncommon patience with yourself.
#50 Please know how much we are thinking of you. Thoughts and feelings can feel scattered after an ordeal, like surgery, but you are doing great. You are a real trooper.
Best Quotes for Encouragement After Surgery for Friends and Family
“Every winner has scars.”
Herbert Newton Casson
“You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.”
“I just don’t want to die without a few scars.”
“This too shall pass.”
Persian Sufi Poets
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
“I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.”
George Bernard Shaw
“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
Orison Swett Marden
“One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.”
“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
“The best of healers is good cheer.”
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
Robert H. Schuller
“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.”
“Okay, so today you are feeling low. But soon you will be better you know. Listen to the doctors you meet and before you know it you’ll be back on your feet.”
“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
“I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.”
“It’s not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”
“I wonder why you can always read a doctor’s bill and you can never read his prescription.”
Finley Peter Dunne
“Be careful when reading health books; you may die of a misprint.”
“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”
William Ellery Channing
“Be strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now but it never rains forever.”
“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
Charles R. Swendoll
“Isn’t it unnerving that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?”
“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
“I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.”
“The treatment is really a cooperative of a trinity – the patient, the doctor and the inner doctor.”
“It always seems impossible until its done.”
“Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted.”
Johann Paul Friedrich Richter
“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
“Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next.”
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
M. Kathleen Casey
“Friendship is essentially a partnership.”
“There are so many things that life is, and no matter how many breakthroughs, trials will exist and we’re going to get through it. Just be strong.”
Mary J. Blige
“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”
“Although the world is full of suffering, it’s full also of the overcoming it.”
“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”
“There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.”
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
“Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
“From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, ‘I survived.'”
“There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.”
Henry David Thoreau
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”
Best Bible Verses for Encouragement After Surgery for Friends and Family
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,” declares the Lord.
Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.
3 John 1:2
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a Rock, except our God?
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
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