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Hi Dr Goodman Following 2 Laparotomy's for Ovarian Cancer can I ask when will i be able to start doing exercises to strengthen my abdominal muscles. I have been doing lots of walking and pelvic floor exercises to build up stamina but I have a few pieces of equipment Rowing Machine, Cross Trainer, Spin Bike. I am now 14 weeks Post operative 2nd Laparotomy. Kind Regards Scoob
You can start exercising now. The standard recommendation is : no heavy lifting or using the abdominal muscles for 6 weeks after a laparotomy.
This is because it takes about 6 weeks for the fascia to reach maximum strength and repair after being cut.
The fascia is the white shiny layer that covers the muscles. If this layer does not heal, a person will get a hernia. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall.
It is important to slowly increase your activities. If you do too much, you will strain or sprain your muscles. This is really painful and it can take months to heal a sprain.
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