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Deep breathing after surgery

Lung complications - deep breathing exercises; Pneumonia - deep breathing exercises

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After surgery it is important to take an active role in your recovery. One way to do so is by doing deep breathing exercises.

Deep breathing keeps your lungs well-inflated and healthy while you heal and helps prevent lung problems, like pneumonia.

How to Breathe Deeply

Many people feel weak and sore after surgery and taking big breaths can be uncomfortable. A device called an incentive spirometer can help you take deep breaths correctly. If you do not have this device, you can still practice deep breathing on your own.

Following measures should be taken:

References

do Nascimento Junior P, Modolo NS, Andrade S, Guimaraes MM, Braz LG, El Dib R. Incentive spirometry for prevention of postoperative pulmonary complications in upper abdominal surgery. Cochrane Database Sys Rev. 2014;(2):CD006058. PMID: 24510642 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24510642.

Kulaylat MN, Dayton MT. Surgical complications. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 12.

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Review Date: 11/20/2017  

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