How Long to Wait to Do Abdominal Exercises After Surgery?

I had diastasis recti after my 2nd son. After my 3rd son the surgeon sewed the stomach muscle back together during the c-section. It will be a year the 29th of June that the muscle has been sewn together. I have been doing the Tupler technique for about 4 months. Would it be safe to start doing crunches a little at a time now? I have been afraid of tearing the muscle again.

Doctor Answers 9

Situps and abdominal exercise after tummy tuck

I let my patients resume cardio and exercise at 2 weeks after a tummy tuck (but no weights). At 4 weeks they can do weights.  At 6 weeks they can do situps and "abdominal crunches".  That is that last thing to wait on to ensure the plication sutures don't come loose!  so I do think it's important to wait the full 6 weeks for ab workouts. I hope this helps!

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Activity level after Surgery

At 1 year, the scar created by sewning your muscles together is as strong as it is going to get. 

The benefits of exercise at this point are much greater than the risks of tearing the muscle.

It is time to get out and enjoy exercising again.

Melissa Johnson, MD
Springfield Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Abdominal Exercise

Most of the time, a patient can resume full normal activity 6 weeks after any surgery. With it being a year from your procedure, I feel pretty confident you can exercise the abdominal muscles any way you wish.

Leo Lapuerta, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Abdominal workout after tummy tuck

Hi, the usual recomendation for resuming abdominal excercises after a tummy tuck with muscle repair is 6 weeks. being a year out now, it should be ok for you to resume all kinds of abdominal exercises.

Antoine A. Hallak, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

You can get back to the gym after 6 or 8 weeks... but take it easy!

Patients who undergo repair of a rectus diastasis can anticipate limited physical activity for two weeks following surgery. During this period of time patients are allowed kitchen and bathroom privileges. At two weeks, they’re allowed to gradually resume normal activities with the exception of strenuous activities.Patients can usually return to work in two weeks if no strenuous activity is involved. After 6 to 8 weeks they can resume all their normal activities including heavy lifting and strenuous activity.
It’s important to go slow at first and gradually resume your normal exercise routine.Make sure you listen to your body.If you’re not ready for a specific activity your body will let you know.In someone who’s one year post-op there should be no restrictions on physical activity.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

6 weeks after surgery

It should be safe for you to start doing abdominal exercises given that it's been a year since your surgery. Strenuous physical activity like strength training and sit-ups are not permitted until 6 weeks after surgery, and you are well past that.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

Exercise after muscle tightening

I would recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 5-6 weeks (i.e. working out / sit ups).  You need to give time for everything to heal.    Please talk to your MD about his/her recommendations.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 209 reviews

Exercise after abdominal muscle repair

I tell my patients that if they heal normally, they should expect to have no limitations in abdominal exercise at 6 weeks after surgery. You really should have no concerns about any activity at this point.

Wm. Todd Stoeckel, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 84 reviews

How Long to Wait to Do Abdominal Exercises After Surgery? ANS:

Normally a you can start doing core work in about six weeks after a TT ....but....most of the utilize patients are still too sore for full activity but by one year you should be fine..People that have true Hernias are always at risk to develop new ones their whole life so take it easy!

John J. Corey, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

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