I have been on a wait list for brachioplasty for 9 months now and they finally called to schedule it. Date is 12 March and I have signed up for a 1/2 marathon that happens the 28th of April. I am in good shape and will continue to train. Think I can complete this race as a run/walk in that time frame?
1/2 Marathon 6 Weeks After Brachioplasty?
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Marathon Seems Unlikely
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1/2 Marathon six weeks after brachioplasty is not a good idea.
A brachioplasty is essentially an upper arm lift. In this procedure, the excess hanging skin and fat in the upper arm is removed. Its the procedure used to correct the common "bat wing" of skin that manifests in patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. Most of my patients are able to get back to a desk job 5-7 days after surgery. However, I recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks. If an upper trunk lift is involved, I may recommend holding off working out (heavy lifting/strenuous activity) for 5-6 weeks. I would recommend you hold off on running a 1/2 marathon just six weeks after your procedure. Go for the marathon first and then schedule your arm lift.
Always best to not rush the healing period.
Although possible, I would strongly argue against it.Why push it? - Tell me "do you feel lucky". My suggestion would be to start training after 6 weeks and wait for another occasion to do your half marathon. Of course the best advice would come from your plastic surgeon.
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- I would not plan on running a half marathon 6 weeks after your procedure.
- Without seeing photos, it is difficult to say how extensive of an operation you will have, but oftentimes at 6 weeks post-operatively there is still some swelling, and strenuous physical activity can make this swelling and associated pain worsen.
- Best of luck to you!
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Probably not a good idea. Check with your doctor. If things looked great I might let you do it if you had compression garment on such as a spandex long sleeve garment.
1/2 Marathon 6 Weeks After Brachioplasty
1/2 Marathon 6 Weeks After Brachioplasty would not be advised. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Half-marathon after brachioplasty
This time frame is not recommended and is very close to your procedure. Vigorous exercise/strenuous activity is typically restricted for 6-8 weeks postoperative. An activity such as a half-marathon is a very vigorous activity with much use of your arms during running. The swelling and movement that would ensue would not be good for your overall healing. I would highly recommend rescheduling your procedure or consider running in a different race later in the year. Hope that his helps! Good luck with your decision!
Not a good idea.
Not a good idea. You will hopefully undergo your arm lift once in your life. The race will be available next year? Best,
Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS
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