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How to move after surgery

Learning how to get up and move around is one of the most important parts of your recovery.  While you are in the hospital, nursing staff and physical therapists will assist you in getting out of bed and walking, often as early as the day of surgery. Doing this at least 3 times per day is essential for regaining your independence and reducing the risk of complications.

You will need someone with you each time you get out of bed in the hospital.  You may need some help with moving at first, but you will need less help each day.  When you leave the hospital, you will still need someone with you each time you stand and walk until you return to being completely independent.  You should arrange to have someone around to help you at home for the first 2 weeks.