5 Ways to Physically Prepare for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction
Can you physically prepare your body for DIEP flap reconstruction?
Yes! Improving your core strength and cardio endurance before undergoing DIEP flap breast reconstruction can help during recovery. By toning up and physically preparing you can better prepare your body for the extra effort it will take to get around the first couple of weeks after surgery.
Here are five easy exercises to incorporate into your daily routine while preparing for the DIEP flap:
The stationary lunge is a great movement for developing the thighs and strengthening the hips. You will need to use your leg muscles often when going from a sitting to standing position and then back down.
The ultimate body workout! The plank works almost every main muscle including the deltoids, biceps, triceps, obliques, rectus abdominis, latissimus dorsi, pectorals major, gluteus maximus, quadriceps, and hamstrings! You will be ready for anything after a few weeks of doing planks.
Bridges are a great exercise to increase gluteal strength! You will need a strong backside when getting up and down after surgery.
Chair dips are a convenient way to increase upper and lower arm muscles. You will find you use your arms more often than you think for helping yourself up and down.
There are so many benefits to cardio. Everyone should get at least 30 minutes of movement in a day! By making sure you have your cardio endurance up before surgery it will make getting around after surgery a little less taxing on your body. Grab a group of your girlfriends and get out there!
Author: Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo and Courtney Floyd
Did you know improving your core strength and cardio endurance before undergoing DIEP flap breast reconstruction can help during recovery?