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So I am a months and a few days post op of getting the sleeve done. Prior to surgery I have always been an active person I enjoyed football and lifting in high school. After I high school I always continued of and on lifting weight 4-5 days a week. Question is how long did some of y’all wait to get back into the gym lifting wise? I use cardio machines and sauna but wanting to get back into lifting

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I was doing cardio in the gym 2 weeks post-surgery, but my doctor said to wait 6 weeks before doing any lifting greater than 10 pounds and to be careful and increase weight gradually.

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Start light. If you tolerate it well, slowly build up. If you don't tolerate it well yet, tell yourself it's okay & try again in a week or so. Be kind to yourself & don't expect to pick up where you left off. You'll be back there soon enough. Good luck! You are not alone.

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Has your medical team cleared you to lift more than 10 pounds? (That was my initial restriction after surgery.) I was cleared to lift as tolerated at my 2 week post op visit. Start slow and go with lower weights than you were lifting pre-surgery to give your body some time to adjust.

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On 03/20/2019 at 10:48, Diana_in_Philly said:



Has your medical team cleared you to lift more than 10 pounds? (That was my initial restriction after surgery.) I was cleared to lift as tolerated at my 2 week post op visit. Start slow and go with lower weights than you were lifting pre-surgery to give your body some time to adjust.


Yes after 2 weeks I was cleared of 10 and after a month I was cleared to start lifting. Starting a slow is gonna be tough but definitely don’t want something to go wrong

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You want to start slow with weights. I ended up with an incisional hernia from a 2009 gallbladder removal. I had to lose weight before the hernia repair. They’re awful. I’m getting bypass in less than 2 weeks and plan on nothing but walking for 4 weeks. I have to continue physio for a shoulder surgery but we’ll reduce weight.

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On 03/22/2019 at 04:06, KateBruin said:

You want to start slow with weights. I ended up with an incisional hernia from a 2009 gallbladder removal. I had to lose weight before the hernia repair. They’re awful. I’m getting bypass in less than 2 weeks and plan on nothing but walking for 4 weeks. I have to continue physio for a shoulder surgery but we’ll reduce weight.
Definitely don’t want a hernia. I was mainly wondering cause I go back to work next week and it’s in construction. Not awfully demanding but there are times when it is.

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On 03/22/2019 at 06:30, elinator_34 said:

Definitely don’t want a hernia. I was mainly wondering cause I go back to work next week and it’s in construction. Not awfully demanding but there are times when it is.
Ask your doctor. You have to be careful what you lift. I had to lift my 25 lbs dog the night I got home from sleeve. Lift from the legs not the core. Got through sleeve with no hernia.

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