I have had 15 different surgeries in my life. The walking not only prevents blood clots, it promotes healing, I have learned from experience as I have done it both ways. You will heal more than twice as fast if you are up and active. You will have to take periodic naps right after surgery as you are healing, but the rest of the time, you should be up and moving. Two days after my surgery I went to Galveston, shopped, went to NASA Space Center, walked on the beach, and even went with my family to Schlitterbahn even though I couldn't get in the water. The two most important things after surgery are activity and sipping water. Most of the complications I am aware of have occurred due to dehydration, and it can happen easily and quickly! I had surgery on Tuesday and was back at work the following Tuesday, and I attribute that to all of the activity and sipping I did the week after surgery.
So just follow the old adage: Walk, sip, walk, sip, walk, sip
HW 319 / SW 299 / CW 210/ GW 195
Height 5'7" Sleeve 11/24/09