Walk after surgery to speed up healing, or remain still?
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Stephanie Power MD, MSc, FRCSC
Walking After Surgery
Gentle #walking may increase circualtion and help to alleviate swelling. But you must not strain or push yourself. Healing after a #MommyMakeover will require time. Some patients are out of bed and walking the night of surgery and every hour while awake. Your #healing will continue for 2-3 months for the early period. This includes some swelling, bruising, malposition, color differences. Sensation in the breasts may also be abnormal and scars will be evolve. Tingling, burning or shooting pains in the breasts will disappear with time and should not alarm you. It is simply a result of the regeneration of your sensory nerves. If these sensations cause pain, repeated, local self-massage per your surgeon's permission may help. The purpose of the post-procedure #garment is to provide some gentle #support and to reduce swelling following a #TummyTuck or #Abdominoplasty. If it feels too tight or causes pain, take it off. Patients wear the #elastic garment for several weeks after surgery, as directed by their doctor. Some choose to wear it longer for several months for comfort.
If you have concerns about your #healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.
Balance between rest and activity
It is actually better to keep your activity level on the low side early after a tummy tuck so that you do not develop fluid collections under the abdominal skin flap. On the other hand, if you are too sedentary it is risking forming blood clots in your calves, so at a minimum when you are in a recliner or in bed you should frequently pull your toes towards your face or while standing, stand on tip toes to keep contracting and squeezing the calf muscle so you do not get blood stagnating and potentially forming a blood clot.
I hope this has been helpful.
Robert D. Wilcox, MD
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I would recommend that you discuss this question with your surgeon. Your surgeon is your best resource as he/she is most familiar with your medical history and how you will be healing following surgery. I have my patients up and walking with assistance the same day as surgery. Every surgeon as different post op protocols so please discuss with yours.
The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.
Best of luck!
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Dr. Sheila Nazarian
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Walking After Surgery
Mommy make-over - how much walking after surgery
- A great question -
- The most feared complication after a mommy make-over is leg blood clots.
- These are much more likely if you stay in bed.
- Being up and around as much as possible is important for your circulation.
- After this operation however, that can be painful and difficult.
- Using a walker (rented from a medical supply pharmacy) helps a lot.
- Having Exparel injected into the muscles at surgery helps enormously.
- I remove drains early and have not found that activity increases drainage.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.
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