Rest and activity

Exercise is important after your operation, but so is relative rest. Take time to rest and recover when you return home from hospital.

Set aside short periods of time every day specifically for total relaxation, and make sure your friends and family know this is an important part of the recovery process.

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What to expect within the first three months following surgery

What to expect within the first three months following surgery

Be patient in your recovery

It’s normal to feel tired and a bit vulnerable in your first weeks at home after surgery. You may also feel frustrated that you can’t do all the things you want to straight away. Get plenty of rest until you feel stronger. Making plans to gradually increase your activities over the following weeks may help. 

To maximise your recovery, it’s important to:

  • Understand how to take your pain medication. Ask questions if you’re not sure.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on promoting circulation in the first few weeks. This may include wearing compression stockings, taking medication and continuing your exercises.
  • Commit to your exercise program, as it will be very important for your recovery.

The following information is intended as a guide to help you through the transition from hospital to home. However, it’s important you follow any specific advice your consultant, nurse or therapist gives you.

Next Steps

Contact your GP or health professional to discuss your options