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Use this as a general guideline. 

Day 1

At home, walk the length of the hallway 3 or 4 times a day. You could also walk to the end of the driveway and back, once in the morning and again in the evening.

Day 2

Walk 1/2 a block or the equal distance of 1/2 a block indoors, once in the morning and again in the evening.

Day 3

Walk 1 block in the morning and 1 block again in the evening.

Day 4

Walk 2 blocks in the morning and 2 blocks again in the evening.

Day 5

Walk 3 blocks in the morning and 3 blocks again in the evening.

Continue increasing the distance you walk as you are able. Let your comfort be your guide to how much you can do. Your goal should be to be able to walk one mile by 6 weeks after your surgery. 

If you are a patient receiving care at UnityPoint – Meriter, Swedish American or a health system outside of UW Health, please use the phone numbers provided in your discharge instructions for any questions or concerns.