Activity After Tummy Tuck and Intense Zumba Dancing

Had a Circumferential Tuck 4 weeks ago. I feel pretty good. Doctor tells me I am only allowed to walk inside the house? And I can drive and do some shopping but he yelled at me when I said I was taking slow walks outside and said that I can't do that until 6 weeks? That sounds very strange to me. I asked when he feels I can safely go back to intense zumba dancing and he said 6 weeks post op. How do I go from not much walking to intense zumba. Weird so I want to ask other doctors

Doctor Answers 3

Post surgery exercise

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Every surgeon is a bit different and under different circumstances there are different directions. In general, I allow my patients if they have healed well to start aerobics by about 3-4 weeks and heavy lifting by about 6-8 weeks.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Unusual recommendations after Bodylift

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I agree! Allowing unusual activity 6 weeks but not 5 weeks after surgery  appears arbitrary.  Activities are generally instituted in a gentle way with increasing resistance. It is my guess this surgeon may have experienced adverse results ina patient who resumed normal activities and an earlier date.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Activity After Tummy Tuck and Intense Zumba Dancing

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Generally, I suggest patients gradually ease back into the strenuous aerobic exercise 4 to 6 weeks postoperatively, assuming that they are doing well and there have been no complications.  Teaching/supervising,  depending on how much "core" involvement there is can be resumed sooner. Lower body exercise can generally be resumed 2 weeks postoperatively.  Use common sense, listen to your body, and gradually resume previous activity.  Best wishes. 

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