The quick answer is that it helps you heal and avoid health complications.
40 years ago, people would remain is bed and rest for weeks after surgery to allow the body to heal. This led to health complications such as:
All of these symptoms of prolonged bed rest are major health issues that can be avoided. We now know that bed rest is NOT the best option for most people after surgery. Resting for a day or 2 may be needed to allow anesthesia to wear off. But with most surgical procedures, patients are instructed to get out of bed and move around as tolerated.
The quick answer is that it is usually safe to get up and move after surgery once the anesthesia has worn off. But, you may need help. It is common for a nurse or physical therapist to assist patients when getting out of bed after surgery in the hospital or surgery center.
A physical therapist may be needed to assess whether a patient is safe by themselves or whether they need assistance. They may also recommend a device such as a walker or a cane.
For some patients, simply sitting up is helpful to encourage proper lung and cardiovascular function.
If the surgery involved the legs, then the weight-bearing status must be considered before getting out of bed or standing/walking.
There are procedures that limit out of bed activities so it is important to discuss the expectations with your surgeon prior to the procedure.
The quick answer is that it depends on your fitness level prior to surgery. Staying fit after surgery is different for everyone. Here are some tips.
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