Should You Lift That Item After Surgery?
What weighs 10 pounds? That’s the limit doctors recommend that patients ought to pick up after surgery — temporarily, at least. Here are a few common things that might exceed those restrictions.
After surgery, most patients receive a uniform prescription: Take it easy. That, of course, means no heavy lifting.
One way doctors help those with surgical wounds heal quickly — and avoid added physical stress that could raise blood pressure and, in turn, cause a cut to break open and bleed — is to recommend steering clear of picking up anything that weighs more than 10 pounds.
Without a scale at hand, how can you tell?
We've compiled a list of common items that typically clock in at more than 10 pounds to help you gauge whether to proceed or put it down.
10+ pounds at home:
Average 3-month-old baby
Laundry basket filled with towels or jeans
Medium-sized bowling ball
Small microwave oven
Medium-sized cat or small dog
Most vacuum cleaners
Large garbage bag (filled)
10+ pounds at the grocery store:
Large bag of sugar or flour
Sack of potatoes
1¼ gallons of milk
Three 2-liter bottles of soda
A holiday ham or turkey
If you aren't sure if an object weighs 10 pounds, err on the side of caution and don't pick it up.
Remember, too, that the length of your lifting restriction will vary depending on your procedure. Be patient and follow your health care professional's advice to avoid potential complications.
This article is from the Health Lab digital publication.
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