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Exercise After Tummy Tuck and Muscle Repair

I had a tummy tuck w/ muscle repair (4 in. sep. & hernia) on 4/19/10. I'm 10 wks post -Fri, 5/28. I began exercising on Fri on the stationary bike, strength training & jogging. Fri: 30 min. bike & strength training; Sat: 40 min. bike & arms; Sun: 2 mile jog. Is this safe or is it too soon?

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Exercise after tummy tuck


Surgeons may have different opinions as to when to resume exercise and how much exercise to do. Check with your surgeon for your best results. In general I allow my patients to resume non-core cardio at 6-8 weeks and core related exercise at 3 months. I also recommend that they allow themselves 1-2 months to build back up to where they were before surgery. You should expect some discomfort from time to time after you resume your exercise and this will gradually subside.

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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You are on the right schedule but avoid ab work until 12 weeks post-op


I would allow my abdominoplasty patients undertake all that you have by 8 weeks after their surgery. However, I want them to avoid any direct abdominal exercises, such as sit ups, until twelve weeks post operation if muscle plication was a component of the abdominoplasty.

David A. Ross, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after a tummy tuck


Clearly this should be addressed by your doctor but in my practice I let light exercise begin at 2 weeks avoiding any abdominal straining for 8 weeks.  After that, I let the patients begin doing everything and have never seen a problem from that plan.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

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