The following exercises will accelerate recovery from colorectal surgery.
- Use your incentive spirometer (ICS) once per hour while you are awake to prevent pneumonia
- Sit up in the chair every 2 hours that you’re awake to prevent pneumonia and pressure ulcers
- Walk 5 times per day to prevent pneumonia and to get your bowels moving
- Chew gum 4 times per day to help get your bowels moving
Activity Record….Celebrate Progress!
Today's Date: ___________________________________
Date of Surgery: ________________________________
What time did you take your first walk? ___________ a.m.____ p.m.____
Did you require help to take your first walk? Yes _____ No ______
Place an "x" in the applicable box each time an activity is completed.