17 days since implant exchange surgery (400 cc silicone), and nipple reconstruction. Am active but not exercising. Occasionally lift and carry heavy things. Trying to limit it. Can I do damage carrying groceries or briefly lifting something heavy? If so, what kind of damage and how would I be aware of it? Still have some pain beneath my breasts (especially after exertion) and aches now and then. Is this normal at this stage?
17 days post implant exchange, what are my limitations? I still have pain, is this normal?
Doctor Answers 4
Physical activity and Pain following implant based reconstruction
In terms of physical activity, I ask my patients to take it easy for at least 3 weeks - lift nothing heavier than 3 litres of milk and no exercise. Once a patient can freely lift their arms over their head, then I am happy for them to drive. No swimming for at least 3 weeks although I am happy for showering once the drains are removed.
Good luck with the rest of your recovery.
Every surgeon is different!
Limitations after Breast Surgery
I am sure your Surgeon gave you a list of "do's and dont's" after Surgery. This recommendations are given to you to make your recovery smooth and as complication free as possible.
It really is not in your best interest to ask us to justify and negotiate your actions via the Internet when you have a Surgeon who knows you, your Surgery and the limitations reasonable for you.
Please follow the instructions of your Surgeon and if there are any questions about them ask him to explain the reasons for them.