You'll probably be encouraged to take a brief walk about six to eight hours after your surgery, if it's not too late in the day. Walking may be the last thing you feel like doing. Your incision probably hurts every time you move. However, walking is good for your body and an important part of your recovery. It helps clear your lungs, improves your circulation, promotes healing and helps get your urinary and digestive systems back to normal. If you're having gas pains, walking can help relieve them. Walking also helps prevent blood clots, which were a common complication back in the days when women were kept in bed for weeks after surgery. Once you can get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, you may have your urinary catheter removed.

For your first venture out, be sure to have a supporting arm nearby. You'll probably be anxious the first time you try it. But once you're under way, you'll see that slow walking isn't as difficult or painful as you feared it might be.

After your first little stroll, you'll probably be encouraged to take brief walks a couple of times a day until it's time for you to go home.

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