Hi, I'm 2 weeks post op, full TT with lipo on my flanks, today. I am a NICU nurse and I'm planning on returning to work 2 days before my 4 weeks post op. should that be enough? considering I only carry little babies on my lap when feeding. another thing is, I'm still a little hunch over when walking, is there any trick or ways to speed up the standing up straight part? i can stand up straight but once i start walking, i go back to the same hunch over posture. thanks in advance for the answers!!!
Return to Work, Still Not Standing Straight?
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Return to work 4 weeks after tummy tuck is OK
In 4 weeks after a tummy tuck you should be able to lift 30 or more pounds, no problem for your NICU job. The skin and muscles will stretch soon enough and you will be standing straight up in no time!
Return to work after tummy tuck
Return to Work after Tummy Tuck?
Congratulations on having undergone the tummy tuck operation.
As a nurse, you understand that every patient recovers differently. Therefore, your own plastic surgeon will be in the best position to advise you depending on exactly how you are progressing.
On average, I think the majority of patients are able to return to the type of work you are describing. However, there are a subset who would require an additional few weeks before they feel ready to return to full-time/high responsibility work.
If in doubt, delay returning to work. Also, do not rush standing fully upright; it is not worth compromising your results...
I hope this helps.
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Most patients can stand erect by two weeks. Your surgeon can help with some stretching exercises. The one I find most helpful is to have you stand against a wall, back flat on the wall, and use your legs to straighten your back. You will need to be near a desk to table to hold onto if needed. This avoids using the unhappy back muscle but uses the leg muscles to break the spasm.
Thanks, best wishes.
Standing up and working two weeks after tummy tuck
You sound very motivated to return to your daily life. As a nurse you will have great demands at work and become tired very quickly even at two weeks after surgery. Be prepared for that tiredness. Most patients stand up completely over a range of recovery times. At 6 weeks virtually everyone is upright. You should continue to avoid lifting more than 10 pounds this early on, but at 6 weeks most patients return to the gym. Good Luck.
Tummy tuck recovery is not always easy
My experience is that everyone has a different road to recovery - but at the 4 week mark post op - most patients are feeling 'back to themselves' and are ready to return to work in some capacity. Listen to your body, and perhaps schedule a couple of shorter shifts, as its likely that you've deconditioned somewhat since your big surgery. Good luck !
Standing Straight after Tummy Tuck
Four weeks should be enough time to return to work. You should be able to stand up straight by that time. If the wound is healing well, you should be able to slowly stretch it without concern about hurting yourself. Obviously, your surgeon is the best person to advise you on this. Sitting and holding small babies should be no problem. Good luck.
Recovery after tummy tuck with liposuction
Congratulation on your successful surgery. As you know recovery takes time. With your surgery, I give my patient a basic guideline for recovery. At about 3 weeks postop, you should be able to resume normal daily activities but no lifting. So it's likely another week or so you should be able to stand upright. Remember to listen to your body. If you try too hard or get too active at this period you can undo the muscle or develop seroma. By 4 weeks, I expect you should be able to get back to work as you described. Make sure you discuss it with your plastic surgeon regarding the do's and don'ts.
Stewart Wang, MD FACS, Wang Plastic Surgery