After you have had oral surgery, you may be tempted to get back to your normal life as quickly as you can. For some people, this includes going to the gym, lifting weights, or engaging in other kinds of exercise.
While exercise is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, there are a few times when it's best to hold off if possible.
One of those times is in the few days immediately after you have undergone oral surgery of any type. Keep in mind that your body has suffered an injury and needs to heal. Engaging in activities that will elevate your blood pressure may not be the best idea at a time like this. The higher blood pressure could cause you to begin bleeding from your suture sites, and could cause other issues as well.
Resuming Exercise After SurgeryWith this in mind, we usually tell our patients to take it easy for at least 3 days after they have had oral surgery. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, that time may not be sufficient for you. Please be sure to ask us when you can begin exercising again. We will be happy to sit down with you and explain the specifics of your particular situation.
When You Do Go Back
When it is time for you to begin working out again, start things off slowly. You don't want to jump in and run a marathon just a few days after a major surgery. Instead, go back and engage in light exercise, always being mindful of how you feel.
As you slowly heal and adjust, you will be able to increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. Just listen to your body, and don't push things.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (704) 255-5888 today.