Notes from Dr. Jenq

After Surgery Care

After surgery, it is important to get out of bed early and walk.  The goal is to walk around the house at least four times a day.  Even though you can feel quite uncomfortable the first few days, walking helps to decrease your risk of blood clots of your legs and lungs after surgery.  Being upright also helps to reexpand your lungs and decrease the risk of lung infection.  As you start to feel better over the next two weeks, most people start to resume regular daily tasks fairly quickly.  However, it is important in this time period to not do too much.  Avoid household chores like lifting groceries, vacuuming, and picking up children.  Remember to listen to your body.  If an activity you do causes you pain, then stop doing it and try gently again 3 days later.