How Long After a Tummy Tuck and Hernia Repair Until I Can Go Back to Weight Lifting in the Gym?

I have been weight lifting in the gym for about 9 months. I love it and wonder when I can return to lifting. I had a hernia repair, diastasis recti and a tummy tuck.

Doctor Answers 4

Weight lifting

I would avoid weight lifting and training for at least 4-6 months and I would refrain from heavy lifting even longer

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Weight Lifting after Tummy Tuck

Hi Kymme,

Always follow the post-op instructions of your PS to ensure the best result. I think it would be best to avoid weight lifting for at least 6 weeks post-op to protect your hernia and diastasis repair. Heavy lifting with significant straining should probably be delayed for at total of 12 weeks post-op. Be careful and take care your investment.

Best of Luck!

Stephen M. Lazarus, MD
Knoxville Plastic Surgeon
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How Long After a Tummy Tuck and Hernia Repair Until I Can Go Back to Weight Lifting i

This question should be addressed to your surgeon, who knows what was done and has followed you through the healing process. I generally permit return to full activities at six weeks. At that time the wound healing process has reaching 90% of the strength it will attain ("bursting strength"). When you start, pick up gradually. Best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Running or exercising 2 weeks post-surgery is not recommended at all. You can open your incision, your skin and body is not normal. At 6 weeks is when you are able to return back to normal activities.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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