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Getting in and out of a bed or chair

  • Getting in and out of bed

    Practice getting in and out of bed the day before your surgery.

    General tips

    • Use your arms as little as possible.
    • Avoid twisting your upper body.
    • Don't hold your breath when moving.
    • Raise the head of your bed.

    Getting out of bed

    diagram showing how to get out of bed after surgery
    • Hug your pillows.
    • Roll onto your side.
    • Dangle your feet over the edge of your bed.
    • Use your elbows to raise your upper body.
    • Use your legs to pull yourself into a sitting position.

    Remember: Exhale as you sit up.

    Getting into bed

    diagram showing how to get into bed after surgery
    • Ask someone to put the siderails down.
    • Sit close to the head of your bed.
    • Hug your pillow.
    • Lie down on your side.
    • Bring your legs up onto the bed.
    • Roll onto the bed.

    Remember: Don't hold your breath when getting into bed.

    Getting in and out of a chair

    diagram showing how to get out of a chair after surgery

    Practice getting in and out of a chair the day before your surgery.

    Getting out of a chair

    • Slide or wiggle your bottom toward the edge of a chair.
    • Place your feet apart for a wide base of support.
    • Put your head forward so your nose is over your toes.
    • Put your hands on your thighs above your knees.
    • Stand up by using your leg muscles.
    • Do not use your hands to push off the chair.
    diagram showing how to get into a chair after surgery

    Getting into a chair

    • Back up to the chair until your legs touch the chair.
    • Lean your upper body forward.
    • Place your hands on your thighs for stability.
    • Bend your knees and squat down slowly until you are sitting in the chair.

    Remember: Keep your feet apart for a wide base of support.


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