I am a police officer and wear a duty belt with a 9 lb gun on one side and approximately 9 lbs of equipment on the other side. The belt rest just above my hips. How long after my surgery can I go back to wearing my duty equipment?
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I have had several police officers have a tummy tuck and go back to regular duty with all their equipment at around four weeks. You will have satisfactory healing by that time in most cases. If you have the ability to take more time certainly that is ideal so you will be as close to 100% when you return to full duty.
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Post tummy tuck restrictions
Thanks for the question.
I usually allow 4 weeks to allow patients to return to normal activity, which would be including carrying 18 lbs of weight around your waist. However, you must be careful that your belt is not too tight and erodes the incision line or injures the flap.
Best of Luck,
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
In terms of resuming your activity, most patients are able to get back to a desk job in about 2 weeks. However, no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 5-6 weeks after your surgery. You need to give time for all your incisions to heal. During this 5-6 week period, most surgeons will recommend some form of compression garments to help minimize your postop swelling. You should start seeing your final results starting week 4 after surgery. Talk to your plastic surgeon to learn more about his/her specific postoperative care protocol. Hope this helps!
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