is determined by how well you are healing and what you mean by swimming. If your swimming means just going into the water above your chest, that should be easily tolerated once your incision are all healed. If swimming means doing laps, its more likely that you will be asked to wait up to 6 weeks post-op. Always good to clear this with your surgeon so ASK him/her as they want your recovery to go as smoothly as possible.
Generally it is best not to swim atleast 1 month following surgery. This to avoid infection and wound breakdown. Going to a boat is fine after 1-2 weeks.
You should always ask your surgeon for his or her specific instructions. In my practice, patient can generally shower on post op day 3 or 4, can submerge in water if all incisions are properly healing at 2 weeks and can swim at 6 weeks.
Every surgeon has their own protocol as far as when their patients can go swimming. In general I would encourage you to wait 6 weeks before submerging your incisions under a body of water (like pool, ocean, lake, even bath tub) for prolonged period of time. Showering of course is much quicker than submerging in a body of water. Best of luck to you
The answer depends on how well you heal and your surgeon's policies. these are questions for your surgeon, no one on this site should be telling you what to do when you already have a surgeon for those answers.
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I usually recommend no swimming for the first 3 weeks. You do not want any bacteria that could be in the water to get in to the incision and cause an infection. It would be alright to go on a boat, but again I would not go in the water until after 3 weeks.
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After your #tummytuck surgery, #swelling can persist for several months and will
gradually improve and will look better at three months, six months, and even
one year. Frequently the pubic area can
become very swollen and discolored during the first two weeks due to gravity as
this is the lowest area for swelling to accumulate.
You can return to full activity without restrictions at 6
Ask your #BoardCertified #PlasticSurgeon what they recommend.
tummy tuck surgery, I advise the patients to take two weeks off from work. The
patients may return to work, but may not engage in any strenuous activity. At
two months, the patients start low impact cardio. At three months they can
engage in more strenuous physical activity. If anything hurts or causes
swelling, we ask them to back off somewhat. I prefer the patients to stay in
town for two weeks if they from more than 2-3 hours away. I do not allow
patients to fly before 2 to 3 weeks at the very minimum.
Thank you for the question.
Your plastic surgeon will be in the best position to guide you in regards to activity resumption after tummy tuck surgery. From the healing standpoint most patients are able to swim again starting 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. You will want all incision lines to be completely healed. You will also want to be mostly pain-free and free from concern such as muscle spasm.
From the safety standpoint, much of the timing of returning to swimming will depend on exactly what you mean by “swimming”. For some people this means wading knee-high in shallow water; for some people it may means swimming long distances in choppy water. For this reason, return to activities should be individualized and gradual.
In other words, start slow and "listen to your body" as you gradually progress in intensity/duration of exercise. Best wishes.