There is always a reason for almost everything, but if you don’t know why a particular advice or recommendation is made by your surgeon and you have been asked to adhere to it, that is the reason why we this section in our website. This section will help you to understand and explain how one can resume back to normal activities after surgery and as well as why one should follow the instructions. You may get back rapidly to your normal routine, but on the other hand, the chances of increasing unwanted complications would be high. If you don’t happen to understand a reason behind any of the recommendation, it is better to ask about it. In past, it was often being recommended to restrict normal activities for couple of weeks following the surgery up to six weeks.
While some restrictions on activities is beneficial, but we all know that sitting around for six weeks without exercise or activities would be unbearable for anyone who is accustomed to high level of activity.
Here are some of the points which are given below to be followed:
During the first week post surgery, one should avoid those activities that would raise blood pressure since it can lead to cause bleeding in the operation site, further resulting in condition of hematoma, a condition where blood is accumulated. This can further lead on to other problems.
During the first week, one should relax and read a book or watch a TV. One can usually take shower post two days after surgery, unless if instructed and wearing the compression garment at all time, including night is necessary.
After one week post surgery, it is best to get back to normal activities gradually and cardiovascular activities would be best at this point, such as brisk walking either on a treadmill or outside or even riding a bicycle. Depending on the surgery you’ve had, running at this point will be a premature move. To prepare for the next week or to prevent any further injury stretching can be incorporated.
But one must at every cost should avoid stressing on the surgical area and the reason behind is to do with scarring and healing. Irritation at or around the operative site should be avoided in the early phase of healing as it can worsen the fluid accumulation and swelling leading to development of fluid collection, known as seroma. It can also cause problems with the wound site by opening of the suture line or scar widening.
In the third week, light weight lifting can be introduced. It is still important to wear your compression garment and avoid putting too much of stress on the operative site even during the workouts. It is best to use machine rather than free weights where any kind of chest exercise should absolutely be avoided.
By end of the fourth week, one would be getting back to normal self except for at the operative site, where re-introducing specific part exercises can be done. With keeping this in mind, you are gradually increasing the weight in your unaffected areas of body and also your cardiovascular training.
By end of one month, one can return back to full body training. One must remember that working out has been done at reduced level, so gradually increasing level of training and weight over the next two week should be done t avoid any complications. By the end of six weeks, you will be nearing your pre-operative level.
During your recovery period, remember always that if something doesn’t seems right, it probably isn’t right. Be attentive to any signs of discomfort, pain, infection or swelling or any other local problems around the treated site. Call your surgeons if you are facing any issues or having concerns to prevent it from becoming bigger complications. A little intelligence and patience can get back you back to your normal body safely and in timely fashion.