Pain can be reduced when getting in and out of bed by doing the following:
• Bending your knees
• Rolling onto your side keeping your knees together
• Pushing yourself up to a sitting position using your hands and allowing your legs to swing down to the floor.
When sitting in a chair it is important to be comfortable so you may want to use a pillow to support your back. Furthermore, when you first stand up or start walking around you may be tempted to stoop. It is normal to feel your wound stretch when trying to stand straight. Therefore, try to walk tall and relax your shoulders.
Regular deep breathing exercises will help to:
• keep your chest clear
• reduce the risk of chest infection
• ease nausea (sickness)
• relax and calm you
• ease wind pains
Place a rolled up towel over the dressing or pad that covers your wound. Place both hands over the towel so you are supporting your wound. It will help if you hold yourself in the same way when you cough, laugh or sneeze.
• Take a slow, deep, comfortable breath in allowing your tummy to rise
• Hold for a moment, and then sigh out
• Do five of these deep breaths
• Then take a few normal breaths
• After that do five more deep breaths
Aim to walk every day gradually increasing the distance. You should aim to be able to walk 30 minutes daily by two to three months after your operation. Start walking on level ground and gradually build up to inclines and uneven ground such as cobble paths. Walking on uneven surfaces requires small changes of direction which can cause some discomfort in the healing abdominal muscles. After two to three months you could consider moderate exercise like swimming or cycling. To progress your core stability exercises you could attend a Yoga or Pilates group. However, seek advice from the group’s instructor about an appropriate level of exercise.
At Cavendish Homecare, we provide Post-Operative Care utilising the clinical skills and experience of Registered Nurses and Carers. If you are looking for Post-Operative Care at home please call our Homecare team to see how we can assist your recovery. Our Registered Nurses are able to personalise your care to suit your individual needs during your convalescence.