Getting Out of Bed After Abdominal Surgery – PostCare™ Discharge Patient Engagement and Education

This program provides you with tips to help
you get out of bed after abdominal or chest surgery.
For the first few days when you come home after surgery, it is always best to have a
family member or friend help you to get out of bed.
Do not get out of bed directly from lying flat. Always sit up in bed for a few minutes.
Move the bedcovers well out of the way. Move nearer to the side of the bed. Pivot your
body and legs so that you are sitting with your legs dangling over the side of the bed.
Hold the mattress with your hands for support and keep your back straight.
Gently swing your legs back and forth, bend and stretch your ankles and twiddle your toes.
If you feel faint or weak, go back to bed. Have your helper put on your socks, and shoes
or sturdy slippers with low heels and non-slip soles.
Use a footstool if the bed is too high for your feet to reach the floor without sliding
off the bed. Stand still on the floor with your feet slightly
apart for a few seconds. Have your helper put on and fasten your robe.
For the first few times out of bed, when you feel strong enough, walk a few steps to a
bedside chair with arms. When you reach the chair, turn round so that
your calves are touching the front of the chair.
Bend your knees, grasp both arms of the chair firmly and lower yourself backward into the
chair. Reverse the process to get out of the chair.
At any time, * if you feel weak
* or dizzy * or have chest pain,
* let your helper get you back to bed * and inform your doctor. Some additional tips for the helper to follow. * Make sure your own footwear has non-slip
soles. * Remove any hazards from the floor, such
as slip rugs, frayed carpet or linoleum, or electric cords.
* Stand at the side of your patient, not directly in front
* Avoid lifting your patient under the arms. This can cause pain or dislocation of the
shoulder joint. * Never let your patient put arms around your

Michael Martin

2 Responses

  1. A video called "How to Get Into and Out of Bed After Surgery" (which applies to back surgery) is a much better video.  This one fails to say anything about getting from the lying down position to the sitting position.  I am wondering if there is a better technique than in the other video.

  2. Having bilateral inguinal hernia repair, Desarda mesh-free method.
    Getting to the sitting position is key. That was not addressed in this video – but better than the spine surgery vids for my issue.
    Footwear is absolutely not the problem.

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