If you have ever had surgery before, for example, a C-section or knee surgery,
you probably know what it’s like to be frustrated as you’re
tied to a bed. You probably couldn’t wait to get back to work or
school and to your workouts.
When your doctor finally gave you the green light, your enthusiasm may
have been met with disappointment after what used to be a simple walk
around the neighborhood felt like climbing a mountain.
Your first post-surgery workout may have left you physically exhausted,
but by carefully following your doctor’s orders, you were able to
build back up your endurance and strength without causing any post-op
It doesn’t matter if you spend 12 hours a week at the gym, or run
35 miles every week, you cannot escape the fact that surgery takes a toll
on the human body. No matter how strong you are, you have to give your
body the time it needs to heal.
Though your surgeon may say that light walking is safe after surgery, strenuous
exercise too soon after a procedure can lead to minor, if not major complications.
If you have a
breast augmentation or a
liposuction, a lower body lift, or any other surgical procedure performed, it’s
important that you listen carefully to your doctor’s orders, and
follow their recommendations regarding exercise.
Each surgery is different as is each patient. When a patient has a procedure
done, a return to exercise schedule that may be right for one patient,
may not be right for another, even if both patients received the same
procedure. This is because age and medical history can affect the healing process.
When can I start exercising again?
Usually, we recommend that our patients wait four to six weeks before they
completely return to their previous exercise regimen; this gives their
body ample time to heal. Light exercise however, may be allowed during
the recovery period.
While each individual is different, patients can normally ease back into
their fitness routines starting with light walking, followed by the elliptical,
then aerobic type exercises, and finally weight-bearing exercises, such
as weight training.
There is no need to cut back on your normal exercise routine before you
have plastic surgery, but know that if you are tempted to dive in too
enthusiastically following a procedure, there could be serious adverse
consequences, such as:
- Delayed healing
- Fluid accumulation (seroma), which can cause infection
- Hematomas, bleeding or wound separation
- Displacement of new breast implant
Depending on the procedure, we may strictly advise patients to take it
easy for certain stretches of time. However, we may prescribe walking
as this promotes healthy circulation while preventing complications in
the lungs and legs. Additionally, stretching and yoga can enhance blood
flow and an overall sense of wellbeing.
If you are an avid fitness enthusiast and are interested in having a plastic
surgery procedure performed,
contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yuly Gorodisky. As a board certified
plastic surgeon, he can help you find the safest way to return to your
favorite fitness routine after your surgery.