Using an Incentive Spirometer
Soon after your surgery, a nurse or therapist will teach you exercises. These keep your lungs clear, strengthen your breathing muscles, and help prevent complications.
|Deep breathing expands the lungs, aids circulation, and helps prevent pneumonia.|
1. Exhale normally.
Relax and breathe out.
2. Place your lips tightly around the mouthpiece.
Make sure the device is upright and not tilted.
3. Inhale as much air as you can.
Inhale slowly and deeply.
Hold the breath long enough to keep the balls or disk raised for a least 3 seconds.
If you’re inhaling too quickly, your device may make a tone. If you hear this tone, inhale more slowly.
4. Repeat the exercise regularly.
Perform this exercise every hour while you're awake, or as your doctor instructs.
You will also be taught coughing exercises and be asked to perform them regularly on your own.