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You may need assistive equipment such as a walker or cane while
you recover. If so, the staff will teach you how to use it.
Avoid activity that puts stress on your incision for at least 6 weeks.
If you had abdominal or chest surgery, support your incision with a
pillow or blanket when moving or coughing.
If you were taught how to cough, deep breathe or use an incentive
spirometer in the hospital, you can continue to do them at home.
Do not lift more than 10-15 pounds for the first 2 weeks. When lifting
objects, keep your back straight and lift with your legs.
Walking is encouraged. Gradually build up the length, time and
distance you walk each day.