• Exercise

    Asked by StunnedMike on Monday, February 20, 2012


    I had an appointment with my surgeon on Friday. It has been six weeks since my surgery and he still does not want me running or lifting weights for four more weeks. How long did your surgeons restrict your activities?

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      Hi Stunned Mike - I'd say do as much as is SAFE to do. How does one figure out how much is safe? I don't have a good answer for that.

      I had bilateral mastectomy just over a week ago - no reconstruction. That means no muscle tissue was cut. That's a HUGE difference between my surgery and yours. Recovering from having abs cut just takes longer. With no muscles cut, I was walking on day 2.... Riding a bike on day 6... Washing dishes on day 2... laundry... And Sleeping a ton... and suffering the annoyed glances from my better half, who wanted me to rest more. But, I'm an antsy kind of a person - difficult to hold me still... I've always been like that.

      Honeslty, no running and no lifting weights for your kind of surgery sounds reasonable to me. But, I'm no expert. Those muscles take time to heal up... Perhaps you can frame things from the perspective of what you CAN DO as opposed to what you cannot do? Ask if you can do specific activities..and see what your doc's response is. I bet your list is bigger than you realize - but perhaps it does not include running and lifting weights yet... Maybe elliptical machine? Walking... swimming... biking... etc... By the way, biking outside is awesome... and spring is coming!

      about 6 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      My surgeon said no lifting over 10 pounds for 6 weeks after my surgery. I did not feel like exercising until about 9 months after my last surgery (except for swimming). I had a total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingoophectomy, mass removal, debulking...

      about 6 years ago
    • workit's Avatar

      Sorry, new to WhatNext so late on this question. I have one for you, did your surgeon have you exercise in the weeks/days before surgery, or was that not a possibility (sudden diagnosis and surgery)?

      There is an interesting article discussing the benefits of exercising before a planned surgery as opposed to just after it (typical rehab, which you are being prevented from doing for a while):


      They sent me the full text article, it was a very interesting read, and an approach (prehabiitation) I think is sorely lacking with surgeons today.

      Hope you are now back exercising!

      almost 6 years ago

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