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Postsurgical Deep Breathing

Deep breathing helps keep your lungs clear. If you’ve had surgery, it will help you get better faster. It may also prevent a lung infection. If you have lung problems, it will help you breathe easier. Follow the steps below.

Man in robe sitting on edge of bed holding pillow to chest and abdomen.

Man in robe sitting on edge of bed holding pillow to chest and abdomen. Large arrow shows him breathing in through nose.

Man in robe sitting on edge of bed holding pillow to chest and abdomen. Large arrow shows him breathing out through mouth.

Step 1

  • Sit on the edge of a bed or a chair. Or lie on your back with your knees slightly bent.

  • Hold a pillow or rolled-up towel firmly against your incision with both hands.

  • Breathe out normally.

Step 2

  • Breathe in deeply through your nose.

  • You should feel your stomach push out as you breathe in.

Step 3

  • Pucker your lips as if you were going to blow out a candle.

  • Breathe out slowly through your mouth. You should feel your chest go down as you breathe out.

  • Rest for a few seconds. Then repeat as many times as directed by your healthcare provider.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 12/15/2009
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