The tummy tuck procedure is a surgery involving the removal of unwanted fat around the abdomen. Because of the significant physiological changes involved in the procedure, it’s important for tummy tuck patients to consult with their physician before they begin post-surgery exercises. To help ensure patient safety, we’ll highlight our guidelines for exercise after a tummy tuck procedure.
Try to Take Short Walks As Soon as Possible
Walking and moving around, even for a short amount of time, can help to prevent blood clots from forming. That’s why patients should start to walk around their hospital room as soon as possible after the procedure has been completed. When the patient gains further endurance, they can begin to take longer walks.
Begin Upper Body Exercises One Month After Surgery
Around one month after the procedure, tummy tuck patients are often better able to move around the home and begin to start feeling more comfortable. To start building strength throughout the body, the patient can now begin to complete upper body exercises. Most professionals recommend waiting to complete abdominal exercise at this stage of the recovery process.
Ramp Up Exercise in the Months After the Procedure
Once endurance returns and the patient is able to move around a little more comfortably, they can begin to take on greater levels of exercise. Patients should try to streamline their recovery by completing leg exercises such as pelvic thrusts and leg curls. Once the abdominal pain lessens, they can then move on to abdominal crunches to improve core strength. Performing one set of 10 to 12 repetitions each per day can significantly influence post-surgery strength.
Only Go Back to Full Exercise After Physician Approval
One of the most common forms of injury after a tummy tuck procedure happens when the patient returns to a level of exercise that wasn’t approved by their physician. It’s important for patients to work closely with their physicians during their recovery period and to only go back to their normal exercise routines once they have clearance to do so.
The tummy tuck procedure is one of the best ways to remove fat around the stomach area. For patients searching for the best means to complete post treatment recovery, speak with a specialist at our clinic directly. We can help guide you on the level of exercise you should be completing, given your health. To learn more, call us today.