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Working Out After Surgery

Published on December 9, 2016 by
Working out after surgery

Many patients ask me when they can workout after surgery. Although the exact time frame varies slightly from surgery to surgery, there are some general guidelines. Patients should start light walking immediately after surgery – nothing strenuous, just short walks around the room or home every other hour. This is good for the circulation and helps prevent blood clots. After two weeks, patients can start more strenuous cardio such as walking on a treadmill, or walking uphill. At a month most patients can resume most exercise except heavy lifting if they have had a tummy tuck. At six weeks, patients are generally completely healed and can resume all exercises. After breast augmentation with implants under the muscle, I recommend patients try to avoid strenuous chest exercise. As a general rule I also tell patients to listen to their bodies – if they do something that causes swelling or discomfort, stop doing it and give it a little more time.