How to Exercise After Breast Surgery

Whether you want to get back into your exercise routine or simply work out
to speed up your recovery, exercising after any type of breast surgery can
prove to be a very difficult endeavor.

Post-surgery, most women are very sore, tired, and fatigued for at least a
few days, which is why many of them have a hard time with their fitness and
exercise routines for a while. Here are some tips you should follow when
trying to exercise after breast surgery.

First Few Days

Typically, breast surgeries are performed under anesthesia, so it’s best
for patients to not be very active for the two days following the surgery.
Patients tend to feel groggy and tired due to the anesthesia, so it is
recommended that patients sleep for a few hours post-surgery. After a few
hours, patients should get up, walk around, eat, and drink to get rid of
the groggy anesthesia feeling.

Regular energy levels tend to return within one or two weeks after the
surgery and anesthesia. However, there are some patients who experience
very few effects from anesthesia and go out to eat and watch a movie right
after the surgery.

Take It Easy

The one thing you should always remember when exercising after a recent
breast surgery is to take it easy. Since you’re recovering from your
surgery, you should take things slowly and step-by-step. For example, you
definitely shouldn’t go back to your heavy weightlifting routine one day
after the surgery. Instead, you should stick with less intense exercises
until you’ve recovered.

Get Advice from Your Doctor

Before and after your breast surgery, your doctor probably informed you of
all the things you can and cannot do while recovering from the procedure.
If your doctor wasn’t specific enough when it came to exercising after
surgery, consider contacting him or her for advice if you’re unsure about a
certain exercise routine.

Don’t do an exercise routine if can’t get verification from your doctor and
you feel there’s a chance it’ll affect your recovery. It’s far better to be
safe than sorry.

Listen to Your Body

Even if your doctor says it’s OK, it’s always best to quit an exercise
routine if it’s causing you considerable pain at the surgical site. A
routine that puts you in pain will probably slow down your recovery, or
even reverse it.

Also, pay attention to your body, so you know when it’s time to stop
exercising. After surgery, you’re already going to be in a considerable
amount of discomfort, so it’s best to not further that discomfort even more
by going too far while exercising. The weeks after surgery are not the best
time to surpass your previous physical feats.

Start With Walking and Stretching

The first recovery exercise you should start with is the walking routine.
Studies show that patients who start walking soon after their breast
surgeries have quicker recoveries and experience fewer complications than
those who choose to stay in bed. Blood clots are one complication you may
experience if you neglect to do brisk walking after your surgery. Your
first goal should be to walk one to three miles each day by the seventh day
after your breast surgery.

Also besides walking, you should also do light stretching techniques
everyday during the first week after the surgery. These stretching routines
will help you avoid muscle shortening while you recover. Don’t do any
stretches that cause you pain or discomfort at the site of the procedure,
so you can avoid tearing your stitches or hindering the healing process.

Exercises to Avoid

Overall, after your breast surgery, you should avoid doing any running, sprinting, jumping, heavy lifting, and any other exercises that tend to be on the more strenuous side. These
exercises may injure you and slow down your recovery considerably.

On the other hand, some exercises you should definitely consider as you
recover are brisk walks, stationary biking, and light jogging on your

After breast surgery, you may be incredibly eager to exercise to continue
working on improving your body. However, despite your restlessness for
fitness and self-improvement, you should opt to take things slow and
steady, so you can ensure yourself the perfect recovery from your breast

Article inspired by Cosmos Clinic.

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