With recovery after surgery of any kind you may experience discomfort or even pain. Knowing your activity guidelines and what to expect following surgery ensures the best possible outcome. Being aware of your recovery reduces complications both during and after your hospital stay.
No matter what kind of surgery you have, discomfort is probable. You may experience some level of pain and your activities may be restricted. It is critical that you follow the guidelines issued by your medical provider to make sure your recovery after surgery is speedy and successful. Below are the most common activities to ensure proper recovery after any surgery.
In order to remove congestion from the lungs and prevent pneumonia from developing, breathing exercises are necessary after surgery. Depending on the kind of surgery the patient has undergone and the amount of time spent under anesthesia, deep breaths may be restricted. It is important that deep breathing occur so that the mucus does not collect in the lungs. By taking a deep breath you are able to cough, clear out the lungs, and remove the collection of mucus that forms in the lungs.
Deep breathing exercises are usually recommended immediately following surgery, and while the patient is still in the recovery room. Breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth approximately ten times during each hour the patient is awake is recommended.
Leg exercises are often a part of the recovery process because of the importance of circulation. Limited movement may put pressure on blood vessels and veins, restricting circulation and promoting blood clot formation. Leg exercises get the blood moving and the heart pumping regularly. Most leg exercises are done while the patient lies on their back in bed; however, walking is also considered a leg exercise during recovery.
Leg exercises may include the pumping of the foot up and down in a motion much like pressing a gas pedal, or drawing the knee up to the chest and repeating the move five to ten times. Each exercise is designed to promote circulation.
Moving In and Out of Bed
Movement may be painful following surgery, but it is very important for a patient to change position every couple hours to prevent pressure on the skin and improve circulation. If a patient remains stationary in the bed, the risk for blood clot development may increase.
Getting out of bed is critical. The first time the patient gets out of bed dizziness often occurs. It is important for medical staff to assist the patient when getting out of bed if dizziness occurs or the patient feels weak. The movement will improve circulation and get the blood pumping like it should. In most cases, the patient is encouraged to use the bathroom, but this will depend on the type of surgery the patient has undergone.
Recovery after surgery is an individual experience. Each patient is different in how they respond to activity and pain levels during recovery. Your surgeon will offer specific instructions regarding post-operative care that include activity restrictions or guidelines. If you question your instructions, contact your medical provider immediately.
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