How quickly you recover will depend on the type of operation you have and if you had abdominal or laparoscopic surgery.
You will be encouraged to start moving around as soon as possible. While you are in bed, it is important to move your legs regularly and do deep breathing exercises. This is to help prevent chest infections and blood clots. A physiotherapist will show you how to do these exercises. You will also have daily injections of a blood thinning drug to reduce the risk of blood clots. If you have had lymph nodes removed from your groin, you will be encouraged to put your feet up when you are sitting. This helps to reduce leg swelling.