BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuDeep breathing after surgeryLung complications - deep breathing exercises; Pneumonia - deep breathing exercisesAfter surgery it is important to take an active role in your recovery. Your health care provider may recommend that you do deep breathing exercises.How to Breathe DeeplyMany people feel weak and sore after surgery and taking big breaths can be uncomfortable. Your provider may recommend that you use a device called an incentive spirometer. If you do not have this device, you can still practice deep breathing on your own.Incentive spirometerYour health care provider may recommend that you use an incentive spirometer after surgery or when you have a lung illness, such as pneumonia. The s...Read Article Now Book Mark Article The following measures may be taken:Sit upright. It may help to sit at the edge of the bed with your feet hanging over the side. If you cannot sit like this, raise the head of your bed as high as you can. If your surgical cut (incision) is on your chest or belly, you may need to hold a pillow tightly over your incision. This helps with some of the discomfort. Take a few normal breaths, then take a slow, deep breath in. Hold your breath for about 2 to 5 seconds. Gently and slowly breathe out through your mouth. Make an "O" shape with your lips as you blow out, like blowing out birthday candles. Repeat 10 to 15 times, or as many times as your provider told you to. Do these deep-breathing exercises as directed by your provider. Open ReferencesReferencesYepuri N, Pruekprasert N, Cooney RN. Surgical complications. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2022:chap 12.AllVideoImagesTogSelf Care Deep breathing after surgeryHip or knee replacement - in the hospital after Getting out of bed after surgeryRib fracture - aftercareTracheostomy careUsing an incentive spirometer Tests for Deep breathing after surgery D-dimer testRelated Information Review Date: 10/23/2021 Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- © 1997- All rights reserved. A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.Content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.