Day of Surgery
You will get out of bed today and walk at least 15 feet and will be able to sit up in a chair with the assistance of either nursing or therapy. In addition to walking it is important for you to do your bed exercises as taught to you by therapy. If you had your surgery early in the day, you will get up in the chair that evening. It is important that you do your bed exercises. The staff will remind you to do your bed exercises every 2 hours while you are in bed.
Your diet will be advanced to a regular diet as soon as you can tolerate solid food.
A respiratory therapist or your nurse will show you how to use an incentive spirometry device (IS). Use it ever hour while awake. You will need to cough and deep breathe every 2 hours. This is important because it helps to increase lung expansion, minimize the development of pneumonia and helps the lungs get rid of the anesthesia.
You will have an IV during your admission. Your pain medication will be given via epidural, PCA (patient controlled anesthesia device) or by an injection into your IV. Pain control is very important. You will be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0-10. This is important for the nurses to know if you are receiving adequate pain control. Please let your nurse know if your pain is not controlled. If your pain is under control you will be able to participate in your therapies.
You will have elastic stockings on both legs and inflatable plastic sleeves. They will be removed for a short time every day. The plastic sleeves and elastic stocking are important because they promise circulation by “milking” the legs and prevent development of blood clots.