Deep coughing helps keep your lungs clear. If you’ve had surgery, this will help you get better faster. Deep coughing also helps you breathe easier and may prevent a lung infection. Follow these steps to do postsurgical deep coughing.
Sit on the edge of a bed or a chair. You can also lie on your back with your knees slightly bent.
Lean forward slightly.
If you've had surgery on your chest or stomach, hold a pillow or rolled-up towel firmly against your incision with both hands.
Breathe out normally.
Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose.
Then breathe out fully through your mouth. Repeat this breathing in and out a second time.
For the third time, take a slow, deep breath through your nose. Fill your lungs as much as you can.
Cough two or three times in a row. Try to push all of the air out of your lungs as you cough.
Relax and breathe normally.
Repeat the above steps as directed.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or warmth at your incision site
Drainage, bleeding, or pus from your incision
Brownish or bloody sputum
Nausea or vomiting
Shortness of breath
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.