The restrictions on activity after your operation should be obtained from your surgeon and your surgeon only. I permit my patients to walk immediately after the operation.
Is It Okay to Start Casual Walking in Approximate 3 Weeks After Tummy Tuck Surgery(least 20-30 Min Increments)?
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I have my patients walk the next day after surgery
i encourage my patients to start walking the day of surgery. of course, i don't want them to over do it the first wk but 20 minutes is not much activity. certainly by 3 wks you should be able to do more than that, assuming you are not developing a seroma (internal fluid build up in the abdomen)
david berman md
northern va, plastic surgeon
Is It Okay to Start Casual Walking in Approximate 3 Weeks After Tummy Tuck
I and I would say most surgeons would have patients start walking the day of surgery. Best advice is to call your surgeon for instructions. It is possible that the instructions were unclear, or that for some particular reason more rest was advised.
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Sit –ups and crunches are avoided for 3 to 4 months as there may be discomfort in the midline at the areas of muscle plication (tightening). In some instances where the diastasis (spreading ) of the rectus muscles was very wide , and I do an extensive tightening of the muscle , as well as external oblique tightening, I advise the patient to wait for 6 months, to allow good scar tissue to form in the repaired muscles. Your surgeon will best advise you about exercise, based on degree of muscle reconstruction done, and an assessment of your progress during your post-operative visits.
I hope this answers some of your concerns. Norman G. Morrison, MD, FACS