After surgery, get up as soon as your healthcare team recommends and as often as they allow. Generally, your nurses will help you to stand up and walk a few steps the first day after surgery, even while you are still in ICU. You may feel unsteady but this is normal and the nurses will help assist you in movement.
During the days following surgery, set a goal to walk a little farther each day. Begin with two steps, four steps, out the door of your room, half way down the hospital corridor, and so forth. Gradually you will walk the length of the corridor once/twice/three times! Your IV pole will become your “walking partner.”
Getting out of bed and walking may make a difference in your recovery time. Eventually, you will be strong enough to stroll down the corridor without a nursing assistant or family member accompanying you.