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Walking 2 Weeks Post Op After Tummy Tuck?

Before surgery I was brisk walking 2 miles. I am feeling good 2 weeks post op. Only taking Advil maybe once a day for mainly mild discomfort. Is it ok to take a normal walk for one mile around my neighborhood with my chihuahua. Not by any means brisk but normal walk. Would this possibly increase swelling?

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Go ahead and walk

The short answer is yes.  The longer answer is yes but be cautious of the road/track for obstacles as you are still not fully healed so if you trip or fall you can hurt yourself more.

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after tummy tuck

I generally recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity (no exercise) for 4 to 6 weeks after tummy tuck. At two weeks, you should be fine for a gentle walk. I would not recommend walking 1-2 miles.  After six weeks, I encourage patients to slowly resume exercise routines *gradually*. Remember, during the six week postoperative period - you will be deconditioned. I do prepare patients to notice some increased swelling once exercise is resumed. Over the next several weeks, this post-exercise edema will no longer manifest.   But please check with your surgeon with respect to his/her specific recommendations.  Best of luck.




Walking is always very good after surgery especially if you’re feeling good. I would check with your PS first. I will say if you walk too much and have too much movement of your abdomen you can start swelling up again and possibly get a seroma. Just be careful with every movement.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Walking a mile 1 week after a tummy tuck

For my patients, if they are feeling well and can do it comfortably, a long walk is OK. Be sure to check with your surgeon.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Walking 2 Weeks Post Op After Tummy Tuck?

I let my patients walk as much as they wish, but do check with your surgeon because we all have different protocols which vary patient to patient in accordance with the nature of the particular surgery that is done.

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