Isn't it good to have some mobility after breast reduction surgery, or any surgery? What would be a good routine to start during the second week of recovery? mild stretching?
What Activities Are Restricted After Breast Reduction Surgery?
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Activities after breast reduction
Most women return to work within one or two weeks (10 days is the average length of time), but patients with physically demanding jobs may require more time off. Any kind of strenuous activity should be avoided for at least three weeks. Sexual activity should also be avoided. Arousal can inflame the areas of the breasts where sutures are present.
However, you should follow your surgeon's post-surgery care instructions.
Activity after breast reduction surgery
Every surgeon is different with their recommendations for post-op activity. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends. It also depends on the patient and whatever risk factors they might have, so i individualize all my instructions. In general, you will want to take it easy for a few days to a week. After that walking is good and light activity. Most can exercise 3-4 weeks after surgery, refraining from heavy upper body activity, heavy lifting or running until 5-6 weeks.
Activities after breast reduction surgery
Ultimately, you need to follow the regimen that is recommended to you by your plastic surgeon (if you have one). In general, it is important to ambulate immediately after surgery particularly in order to minimize the risk of clots in the leg. You can engage in non-exertional activities as tolerated. I usually recommend that my patients don't engage in very strenuous activities for approximately 3 weeks. Mild stretching can be done beforehand but should not impact the incisions or breasts in any way.
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Activity after breast reduction
To reduce the risk of forming blood clots, I ask patients to walk the evening of surgery. It is important to move around a bit and go for slow walks the first week, but avoid lifting more than 10 pounds or so and aerobic activity for 2 weeks. Usually activity is gradually increased from 2-6 weeks, and at 6 weeks patients are back to full activity. I ask patients to listen to their bodies - if it hurts, back off!
Postop activity after breast reduction
Breast Reduction and postoperative activity?
Thank you for the question.
Yes it is important to be "mobile" (ambulate) after surgery. I encourage patients to walk and practice deep breathing the day of surgery. Mild stretching is not a problem. During the second week of recovery patients are encouraged to walk longer distances or use a stationary bike If they feel up to it.
I asked my patients to avoid heavy lifting and exercises that involve the upper extremities for the first 4 weeks after surgery.
I hope this helps.
Restricted Activities After Breast Reduction
Periods of various restrictions after breast reductions will vary somewhat among surgeons. I do encourage my patients to be active soon after surgery in ways that will not adversely affect their result (walking, etc.). I discourage any activities, on the other hand, that will stress the incisions, etc. for 3-4 weeks. Very strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting, are discouraged for up to six weeks.
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