Post-Surgical Exercises and Activities
Coughing and Deep Breathing Exercises
Coughing and deep breathing help prevent lung congestion after surgery.
- To cough, take a deep breath in and cough forcefully from your abdomen.
- To deep breathe, inhale as deeply as you can and hold while counting to 10. Now exhale all the air. Repeat this exercise five times.
Breathing exercises involve the use of a small plastic device called an incentive spirometer. The spirometer helps you fully expand your lungs. You will be instructed by your nurse on how to use your spirometer. You will need to use this 10 times every hour that you are awake.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Participating in physical and occupational therapy greatly helps your recovery. While you are in the hospital, you will receive physical and occupational therapy two times a day.
- The day of surgery you may be asked to dangle your leg over the side of the bed or stand at the bedside with assistance from the nursing and/or physical therapy staff.
- The exercises you learned in the weeks before your surgery will be resumed by physical therapy the morning after surgery. In the following days, you will progress to more advanced exercises.
You begin walking with the assistance of a walker the day of or morning after surgery. Your therapist show you how to walk safely and with the correct amount of weight on your leg.