After surgery it is important to take an active role in your recovery. One way to take an active role is by doing deep breathing exercises.
Deep breathing keeps your lungs healthy while you heal. Many patients feel weak and sore after surgery, and taking big breaths can be uncomfortable.
If you do not practice deep breathing after surgery, you may develop lung problems, like pneumonia .
A device called an incentive spirometer can help you take deep breaths correctly. If you do not have this device, you can still practice deep breathing on your own.