The walking will help you build strength. Gradually increase the amount of walking you do each day. Take planned rest periods during the day. The best gauge is your own body and how you feel. It is very important that you continue walking when you are discharged from the hospital. Not only will this build strength but will also aid in preventing blood clot formation in the legs.
As you have a large abdominal incision, it is advisable to wear the abdominal binder provided to you whenever you are sitting up and/or ambulating. The binder can be safely removed when lying down for prolonged periods like sleeping.
If you must pick something up, bend with your knees and not your waist.
Anything you need to brace yourself to pick up is too heavy. Also avoid strenuous activity.
Take them slowly at first. You may wish to group your activities, so that you do not have to make many trips up and down stairs during the first week you are home.
Driving should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after surgery or until you are pain free without medication. Take breaks every couple of hours if you are on extended trips. Get out of your car and walk around a bit.
Avoid riding bicycles/motorbikes for 3 months
Patients can scrub their bodies upon discharge from the hospital with lukewarm water and soap. Bathing/ showering should be avoided as you risk getting your incisions/dressings wet. Tub baths or hot tubs in the first 2 weeks are discouraged as this will allow for prolonged soaking of your incisions and increase the risk of infection. If your wound sites get wet, these must be patted dry immediately after scrubbing.
Once your incisions have healed and sutures have been removed, you can resume bathing with soap and water
Right after surgery, you may have some swelling in your genitals and groin region. There may also be some discharge from your penis/vagina. This is normal, the swelling and discharge should go away over a few weeks.
While you are recovering, your appetite may be smaller than it was before surgery.
Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large meals. Eating like this will help your digestion and give you energy throughout the day.
Your urine may appear cloudy due to the mucus secreted by the bowel segment. This is normal.
In case the urine has blood or becomes foul smelling, please contact us immediately
It is important to take care of for your lung health to avoid pneumonias.
For this please do the following: