Question: My Husband and I enjoy fishing a lot. How soon after surgery can I resume boating/fishing. Also, since I would be exposed to the sun, I will be taking extreme measures to prevent any direct sun exposures to my incisions. Thankfully its Fall/Winter so swimming and tanning is out of the picture for me!. What would be a good/safe wait time to resume boating/fishing? Even if its just boat cruising around the bay?
Answer: 6-10 weeks
For my mommy makeover patients I like to suggest zero exercise, or anything that is going to stress the tummy muscles, for 1 month. Between 5-10 weeks I have the patients slowly increase their activity so that at 10 weeks they are unrestricted. Boating and fishing would be okay at about 6 weeks, but, no water skiing, etc, for 10 weeks. Again, this will vary widely between surgeons.