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Hello, and welcome to the University Health Network. Today I’m going to be teaching you about deep breathing and coughing. Amanda Hello Mr. Santos. How are you today Mr Santos Pretty well, thanks. Amanda Good. My name is Amanda and I am a physiotherapist on the unit and today I am going to be teaching you about your deep breathing and coughing exercises, which are very important to do after your surgery to keep your lungs clear. Mr Santos Ok. What do I have to do Amanda We’ll start by having you sit up nice and straight. Good. Now what I’d like you.

To do is take a deep breath in through your nose and out through pursed lips, like this. You try. Mr Santos Ok. Here goes. breathes Amanda OK. That was a good start. I’d like you to try to breathe more deeply this time. So, as you take a breath in, I’d like your ribs to expand sideways as your lungs fill up with air. Mr. Santos Ok. breathes Amanda Very good! Let’s try that two more times. Mr. Santos breathes Amanda Excellent. Now when you take a deep breath in, I’d like you to hold it for a count of 3, and then slowly exhale. Something like.

This demonstrates. You try. Mr. Santos Ok. breathes Amanda Very good counts. Now, in addition to your deep breathing, it’s important that you are coughing regularly as well. What I am going to suggest is that you hold a pillow against your incision, which will provide a little support and alleviate some of the discomfort that might be associated with coughing. And, then again, I’d like you to take a deep breath through your nose and cough twice, like this demonstrates Mr Santos Ok. Let’s try that. breathes and coughs Amanda Good. How was your pain when you did that.

My Surgery Guide Deep Breathing Coughing Exercises

Mr Santos Actually, it hurt a little bit. Amanda Did it It’s bound to hurt somewhat. But, if you’re finding the pain is too great, such that you’re not wanting to cough, it’s important that you let your nurse or doctor know and they can give you some pain medication before you do your coughing exercises. Mr Santos Ok. Is it important to do these things Amanda It is extremely important to do them after your surgery, and in addition to that, they should be done regularly. So, what I’ll suggest is that you do your coughing and breathing.

Exercises 3 to 5 times every hour that you are awake. Mr Santos Alright, and, should I do them at home Amanda Absolutely. After you’re discharged home, it’s a good idea to do these exercises for the first two weeks, for the same reasons you were doing them here in hospital. Do you have any other questions Mr Santos I can’t think of any. Amanda Good. It’s very nice meeting you. Mr Santos Thank you. Amanda You’re welcome. Deep breathing and coughing exercises are extremely important for you to do regularly.

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