Getting Out of Bed After Abdominal Surgery PostCare Discharge Patient Engagement and Education
This program provides you with tips to helpyou get out of bed after abdominal or chest surgery.For the first few days when you come home after surgery, it is always best to have afamily member or friend help you to get out of bed.Do not get out of bed directly from lying flat. Always sit up in bed for a few minutes.Move the bedcovers well out of the way. Move nearer to the side of the bed. Pivot yourbody and legs so that you are sitting with your legs dangling over the side of the bed.Hold the mattress with your hands for support and keep your back straight.Gently swing your legs back and forth, bend
and stretch your ankles and twiddle your toes.If you feel faint or weak, go back to bed. Have your helper put on your socks, and shoesor sturdy slippers with low heels and nonslip soles.Use a footstool if the bed is too high for your feet to reach the floor without slidingoff the bed. Stand still on the floor with your feet slightlyapart for a few seconds. Have your helper put on and fasten your robe.For the first few times out of bed, when you feel strong enough, walk a few steps to abedside chair with arms. When you reach the chair, turn round so thatyour calves are touching the front of the
chair.Bend your knees, grasp both arms of the chair firmly and lower yourself backward into thechair. Reverse the process to get out of the chair.At any time, * if you feel weak* or dizzy * or have chest pain,* let your helper get you back to bed * and inform your . Some additional tips for the helper to follow. * Make sure your own footwear has nonslipsoles.
* Remove any hazards from the floor, suchas slip rugs, frayed carpet or linoleum, or electric cords.* Stand at the side of your patient, not directly in front* Avoid lifting your patient under the arms. This can cause pain or dislocation of theshoulder joint. * Never let your patient put arms around yourneck.