A very common question that women have regarding activities following a tummy tuck is: “When can I do everything that I want to do?” This also can be asked as “When will I not have any restrictions of my activities?” Interestingly, if you ask around, you will obtain quite a diversity of recommendations. The answer can be very important as you want uneventful healing and no complications. The guidelines that I have for my patients are based not only on science but also on years of experience as to what truly works and what is safe.
My patients are instructed to begin ambulation immediately following their abdominoplasty for many reasons with the most important one being to try to minimize the risk of blood clots developing in the legs which can then also migrate to the lungs resulting in what is called a pulmonary embolus, a condition that can occasionally be fatal. Usually, you can expect to feel fairly tired and weak for at least a week or more, sometimes even up to several months. This gradually improves with time, much faster in some than others.
You can resume normal, non-strenuous and non-vigorous activities as tolerated. That means casual walking but not running, driving when you feel comfortable and are not on narcotic pain medication and no lifting greater than around 10 – 15 pounds. At around three to four weeks you can walk fast but not run a treadmill and also ride a bicycle, preferably a stationary one.
At eight weeks following your tummy tuck, you are allowed to engage in all your normal activities as tolerated and without restrictions unless otherwise advised. This includes weight lifting, sit-ups, full aerobic exercising, horseback riding and most sports. If you have any questions about certain esoteric or extremely strenuous activities, please ask.
For more information on tummy tuck surgery or on any other plastic surgical procedures that I perform, or to schedule your free consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.
Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona
A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19
In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.
We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.
For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.
In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.
We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.
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