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How to Exercise After Gallbladder Surgery

author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
How to Exercise After Gallbladder Surgery
Your doctor may recommend walking as soon as the day after your gallbladder removal.

Gallbladder surgery is generally performed laproscopically, requiring only two to three incisions and providing a faster healing time. More serious conditions require major surgery, leaving your recovery lasting up to six weeks. After your surgery, it is important to be able to return to regular dieting and exercise to enhance your healing process. For this reason, differing levels of exercise are recommended by your doctor starting as early as the day after surgery.

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Step 1

Walk as much as comfortably possible the day after your surgery. According to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, walking the following day is encouraged to speed the healing process and prevent blood clots. Walk in five- to 10-minute increments, slowly working your way to longer periods of time as the days pass.

Step 2

Avoid lifting or straining of your abdominal muscles until your doctor clears you to resume normal activity. Strenuous lifting or straining can open closed wounds and cause internal bleeding or reopening of your incision sites.

Step 3

Exercise on the days you feel well enough to do so. According to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, you determine what days you exercise so as to avoid nausea, vomiting or muscle strain. Never exercise past your physical limitations following gallbladder removal.

Step 4

Wear loose-fitting exercise clothing to prevent rubbing and irritation of the incision sites. According to the American College of Surgeons, tight restrictive clothing such as spandex can cause further injury. Risk of infection is also greater in materials that do not breathe, allowing sweat and bacteria to become trapped against your skin.

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