If you’ve been following my blog, you know that since the beginning of week 3 Post Op, I have been going crazy exercising. Not only that, but I signed up for a fitness center and… a 12 month committment to a Personal Trainer!
I’m happy to say that I have made at least 6 days in a row to excercise and I’m so proud of myself. I’m changing my life in the right direction!
However, I found out something very interesting! My friend who had Lap-Band Surgery several years ago was surprised that I was working out so much. She urged me to check with my Surgeon to make sure that at 3 weeks Post-Op I was allowed to excercise. I couldn’t figure out why not?!?!
After thinking about it for a while, I decided my health is very important to me. I invested so much to get this surgery that I didn’t want to do anything to cause a complication.
This is what I found out:
- Walking is fantastic. Do it as much as possible.
- Aerobic excercise is great! Do it as much as possible.
- High Intensity Aerobics – DO NOT DO UNTIL 6 weeks Post Op!
- Do NOT do sit-ups, or any strenuous excercise around the stomach muscle until 6 – 8 weeks Post-Op.
I’m really glad that I called. When I listed that Aerobic excercise is great. I want to clarify. You can do the bikes, stairs, Stairmaster, Treadmill, aerobic classes, etc. But, if there is a high intensity class – we need to skip that until our internal heals.
Why? The APRN (Surgeon’s Assistant) shared with me that although our exterior laparoscopic wounds look healed – internally, they are not yet healed all the way. High intensity aerobics and most important any stomach excercise can exasperate the internal stitches and wounds which can cause inflammation to infection.
I thought this to be interesting…