You will be encouraged to start moving around as soon as possible. This helps prevent complications, such as chest infections and blood clots. The nurses will encourage you to do regular leg movements and deep breathing exercises. A physiotherapist or nurse can explain these to you.
On the evening of the operation or on the following day, you will usually be helped to get out of bed or to sit up for a short time. After this, you will be encouraged to be up for longer periods and to begin walking around the ward.