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Why Walking Is Important After a Surgery

Why Walking Is Important After a Surgery

Are you recovering from a surgery or hospitalization? It is important to get back to walking as soon as possible, whether independently or with assistive devices, especially for seniors.

As a home health agency in Maryland, we have had patients who benefited from early walking post-operation. Below are some benefits of early walking after a surgical procedure:

  • Promotes blood flow and maintains normal breathing function.
  • Prevents stroke-causing blood clots and promotes quicker wound healing.
  • Improves digestion and urinary tract functions.
  • Aids in coordination, posture, balance, and joint flexibility.
  • Improves feeling of independence, mood, and self-esteem.

On the other hand, patients who remain stationary are more prone to the following:

  • Pressure ulcers or bedsores and blood clots
  • Urinary infections, constipation, and gas pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pneumonia and other infections

According to a study by the University of Wisconsin, simple movements such as dangling your feet at the bedside or moving from the bed to a chair (assisted by nursing staff) can help post-surgical patients recover faster. However, they might feel dizzy at first. Thus, make sure to go slowly during the first few days.

Post-operative recovery is not easy for many seniors. Hence, ensure that you or your loved ones have compassionate and dedicated caregivers beside them. And as a provider of in-home nursing care serving all counties in Maryland, allow us to help.

If you need in-home nursing care in Maryland, we at Priority Health Care Systems can cater to your needs, whether it’s for personal or professional home health care.

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