During your recovery, light activity is good for you. It helps prevent problems such as gas, stiffness, weakness, and blood clots. The trick is being active at the right level. Here are a few guidelines:
Take it easy for the first 2 weeks. This means:
- Don’t sit or stand for more than half an hour at a time.
- Don’t push, pull, or strain.
- Don’t lift anything heavier than 5 pounds. And when you’re picking
things up, bend carefully at the knees and lift slowly.
- Don’t do housework or yard work. Get your family to pitch in, or hire
- You can drive as soon as your pain is gone and you are not taking
- Take short walks several times a day. Ask someone for support if you
feel shaky or dizzy. Start with short distances, and work up to
- Avoid climbing stairs if it hurts -- but climb them as soon as you can
do so without pain.