I had a Full Tummy Tuck and muscle repair 2.5 weeks ago. Today i was caught in a tricky situation and had no choice but to lift my 15.6lb daughter. I didnt feel anything at the time i did it and i dont feel any different now either. But im worried i may have undone my muscle repair. Is this possible? What would undoing a stitch feel like? And when would it be totally ok to lift my babies without any danger again?
Has Lifting Daughter Undone Muscle Repair?
Doctor Answers (1)
Has lifting your daughter hurt your tummy tuck?
I think you are fine!
At 2.5 weeks postop, your muscle plication is starting to heal well; it is not strong, but starting to gain some strength. If you had hurt so meting you should have felt a pop, stretching or immediate pain. The weight limitations that your surgeon gave you are safe limits. His goal is for no one to have a delayed failure of the repair. It is not likely that this one incident will cause the sutures to pull.
Also, there is a variety of different thoughts on postop exercise. Some allow return to exercises at three weeks. I am more conservative and advise 3-4 weeks to return to cardio and 6 weeks to return to weight lifting.
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