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Activity Guidelines after Surgery


Do's

Don'ts

Weeks 1 and 2 after discharge

  • Personal hygiene (bathing, dressing)
  • Basic food preparation
  • Desk work (reading, typing, writing)
  • Car passenger (wearing a seat belt)
  • Board, card games
  • Craft work (sewing, knitting)
  • Level walking or slight incline

Weeks 1 and 2 after discharge

  • Straining or lifting activities (requiring more than 5 to 10 pounds of strength)
  • Walking grades or hills
  • Activities performed in extreme temperatures
  • Sweeping, shoveling digging, grass or hedge cutting
  • Competitive activities
  • Walking medium or large dog
  • Carpentry, painting
  • Driving

Weeks 3 and 4 after discharge

  • All activities of weeks 1 and 2
  • Light housework (dusting, dish washing)
  • Grocery shopping and errands
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Light hand and power tools
  • Walking slight grades
  • Ballroom dancing (slow pace)
  • Pumping gas

Weeks 3 and 4 after discharge

  • Straining or lifting activities (requiring more than 10 to 15 pounds of strength)
  • Walking steep grades or hills
  • Activities performed in extreme temperatures
  • Sweeping, shoveling, digging, grass or hedge cutting
  • Competitive activities
  • Walking medium or large dog
  • Carpentry, painting
  • Driving

Weeks 5 and 6 after discharge

  • All activities of weeks 3 and 4
  • Medium housework (sweeping, laundry, windows) No vacuuming!
  • Golf (pitch and putt, no driving)
  • Catch and toss baseball, softball (no football, basketball or bowling)
  • Garden work (no digging)
  • Walking dog
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Driving

Weeks 5 and 6 after discharge

  • Straining or lifting activities (requiring more than 20 pounds of strength)
  • Walking steep hills
  • Activities performed in extreme temperatures
  • Shoveling, digging, grass or hedge cutting
  • Driving