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G - Get out of bed

Getting out of bed and mobilising early after surgery is extremely important and will help prevent numerous complications. It will help clear secretions from your lungs and reduce your risk of lung infection, improve your circulation so that you may regain your strength and improve your gut's function. However, there is often patient concern about doing harm by moving soon after surgery, and anxiety about how sore the pain from surgery will be. Steps to getting out of bed:

  • It is safe and very important-we will reassure andsupport you
  • We will aim to mobilise youinto your own chair at leasttwice per day
  • Manage your pain - Pain management is very important to us and wehave a specialised pain team to help us manage your pain.