For those who can, setting the home up for the recovery process prior to have surgery is crucial. There are things to be done ahead of time to ensure everything is set up for success.
When arranging the house for returning post-surgery, think of what you can do to simplify things. Ideally, you should try to limit the use of the stairs to once per day. To this end, it’s a good idea to move everything you need to be using on a day-to-day basis to the first floor, and perhaps even make a temporary bedroom downstairs.