Surgery Program

Activity

Upon discharge you will receive instructions on any activity restrictions you may have. These may include driving, lifting, housework, sitting, stairs, sports, sexual activity, or returning to work.

Why is it important to follow these instructions?
It is very important to follow the physician’s instructions regarding activity. Failing to follow your activity restrictions may actually prolong your recovery period. Your condition may worsen. If you are taking pain medication it can make you drowsy. This could make certain activities unsafe, putting you and others at risk. If you have an incision, it may put too much stress on the area causing a delay in healing.

What if I have no restrictions?
If you do not have any restrictions, you may want to take it easy the first day or two after discharge and gradually resume your normal activity. If you tire more easily, take frequent rest periods. Listen to your body.

What if I don’t feel like being as active as instructed?
It is also important to increase your activity as instructed. Failing to do so may cause a delay in a return to your normal strength or ability to perform your activities of daily living.

A lack of activity as instructed may cause other complications. Pneumonia (very serious lung infection) can be caused by not taking enough deep breaths to fully stretch your lungs or by causing a fluid build-up in your lungs. Blood clots can form in due to blood pooling in the legs when you are not moving around enough.

How long do I have to follow these instructions?
If you have not been told a specific time frame, the restrictions remain in effect until you have your follow-up appointment with your surgeon.

Bookmark Email Print Share this on Facebook SHARE Share this on Twitter Tweet RSS Feeds RSS
Make text smaller Make text bigger
WRHA Accessibility Plan Icon
Wait Times
View the Winnipeg Health Region's current approximate Emergency Department and Urgent Care wait times.

View wait times
Find Services
Looking for health services in Winnipeg?

Call Health Links-Info Sante at 788-8200

Search 211 Manitoba

Explore alternatives to emergency departments at MyRightCare.ca

Find a Doctor
Mobile App
Use your phone to find information about wait times and health services in Winnipeg. Download the Connected Care mobile app for iPhone today!

Learn more
Wave Magazine
The January / February 2018 issue of Wave, Winnipeg's health and wellness magazine, is now available online.

Read more
Contact Us
Do you have any comments or concerns?

Click here to contact us
Careers
The Winnipeg Health Region has a variety of career opportunities to suit your unique goals and needs.

Visit our Careers site
WRHA Logo Help| Terms of Use | Contact Us | En français