Techniques to Ease Pain and Prevent Infection
|Deep breathing after surgery is often a painful necessity.|
After surgery, a respiratory therapist may recommend some breathing exercises you can do at home. If breathing and coughing are too painful after your surgery, try folding a pillow and squeezing it over the site of your incision to lessen the pain. Remember to cough after each exercise session to clear the mucus from your lungs.
Easy breathing exerciseDo this exercise three to four times a day, 10 breaths per set. You may do it more often if you can handle the pain.
- Take in a slow deep breath
- Hold it for a few seconds
- Slowly exhale