I am an ICU nurse- I was wondering how long I would need to be off after breast implants, considering how physical my job is?
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Return to Work after Breast Augmentation
Three factors important to consider when contemplating your return to work are: pain, stamina, and risk of complications. Pain is not bad after most breast augmentations and 3-4 days should work. How much stamina you need for your job is important. Obviously a 10-12 hour shift will require more time off work. The likelihood of physical damage to yourself is another consideration. The problem with nursing positions is that you will very likely to have to do more than what you anticipate. If a fellow worker doesn't show up or is at lunch, and a patient has problems, you could be in a difficult position. I think in your situation, three weeks is a safe answer.
Return to Active Work Situation Following Breast Augmentation
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Most of my patients will return to a desk job in 3 days. I ask for no lifting over 20 pounds for 3 weeks. If you could get by with no heavy lifting just hanging IV's etc. I think you could possibly go back in a week. Otherwise I would say three weeks off.
Time off after surgery
Many pts return to work in3-4 days if you lift with your arms close and flexed at the elbow then you can do most things after two weeks you should be fine
How long after Breast Augmentation should you wait before returning to physical job.
Patients who have physical jobs such as nurses or fitness instructors should wait 4 to 6 weeks before returning to their jobs if the implants are placed under the muscle. Overuse or over stretching of the muscle can cause bleeding in the first month.
Breast Augmentation Recovery Time
Dear tsr88, In my practice we suggest that women with very physical jobs ( I would consider an ICU nurse to have a very physical job) to wait at least 2 weeks and sometimes longer before getting back to very active upper body stress movements. We fell that this can help minimize complications such as hematoma. I would ask your surgeon what their protocol is and be sure to let them know how active your job is...most of us know this already having worked in ICU's during our residencies. Good luck. Dr. Gervais
Breast Augmentation post surgery recommendations
Hello!! You asked a very good question. I personally give my patients pre and post surgery instructions to help them understand how to prepare and how to heal after surgery. In my professional opinion, it is important not to lift anything heavy or exercise for one month post surgery to allow the implant to settle and for the incisions and internal tissue to heal accordingly. It is better to be safe than sorry. I wish you a quick recovery!!
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