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When can I exercise after reconstruction?

It is essential to rest and let your body heal the first month after surgery. The type of surgery you have generally dictates when you can resume physical activity. In the setting of implant reconstruction, or surgery on the opposite breast (such as an augmentation or lift) you should be able to resume most normal exercise within four to six weeks. If you have reconstruction involving an abdominal flap, a latissimus dorsi flap, or a gluteal flap, the rate at which you can start exercising may take longer than two months. You may resume limited exercises that do not stress the site of the surgery earlier, but it's best to listen to your body, and follow guidelines given to you by your surgeon.

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