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Am I allowed to get up and walk after the lobectomy procedure?

Your medical team will work closely with you to help you start your recovery after this intervention. They will tell you when it is the right time to start moving.

Right after the lobectomy, you will be taken to the recovery section. When you wake up, you will still feel the effect of the anesthetic. You might have several chest tubes placed in the incision site in order to remove the air or fluid from the chest. You will start moving as much as you can while you are still in bed. Yes, as soon as you feel comfortable you are encouraged to walk because it will enhance your recovery.

The highly skilled and vastly experienced doctors at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital can provide general guidance on what you might expect after a lobectomy procedure.

    • Starting with 2 or 3 ten-minute bouts of light walking is a safe place to start your post-surgery exercise routine.
    • Walk on a level surface where possible rather than stairs, sloped or uneven ground, and wear full support briefs when you walk to improve your personal comfort.
    • Gradually increase the time of continuous walking each day if this feels comfortable for you.

Most patients comfortably continue their in-hospital walking routine at home after being discharged from the hospital, however, follow your surgeon’s instructions for walking during your recovery.

Light walking is one of the most crucial things patients can do to prevent postoperative complications

Walking is a low-load activity that promotes blood flow of oxygen throughout the body while maintaining normal breathing functions. To prevent harmful blood clots, muscle atrophy, and reduce the chances of developing pneumonia, your physical therapist will encourage you to begin a progressive postoperative walking program as soon as possible.

For people who are recovering from a lung resection, exercise training has important benefits, such as:

    • Minimizing physical decline in fitness
    • Improved bowel function
    • Relieving lower back pain and joint stiffness
    • Increased energy
    • Improved standing posture
    • Improves the patient’s feelings of independence and self-esteem

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/