Weight training with stitches

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    Apr 10, 2012 12:59 PM GMT
    whats up? im after getting stitches in my arm just above where it bends (opposite side of my elbow). i was told by the doctor i could go back to the gym after a few days but the nurse told me not to, just in case i rip them open. are there any safe upper body workouts i could do without risking this happening? i dont get the stitches removed for 2 weeks and i need to be doing something besides just my leg workout.
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    Apr 10, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    anyone? :/
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    Apr 10, 2012 2:28 PM GMT
    My advice is to err on the side of caution. Since it's only 2 weeks, you won't miss much in the gym.
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    Apr 10, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    I had a pilonidal cyst removal in December, so I had a nice stitched area on my tailbone for a few months. I waited a week and started lifting again, but I had to alter the way I did some exercises, and I went slow during exercises that strained my stitched up area. I say you start out with light weight, go slow, and see how much you can handle without pain or stretching/ripping. And do that. I didn't have any problems because I was careful with it.

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    Apr 10, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    I'm like you; can't avoid upper body work-out for two whole weeks. My advice would be to do different things (i.e. yoga, plyometrics, cardio) until you see the scab form. Then go light whenever you have to stretch that area until the stitches are removed. (Note: I'm in no position to give medical advice; this is what I'd do.)
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    Apr 10, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    Emesis54 saidI had a pilonidal cyst removal in December, so I had a nice stitched area on my tailbone for a few months. I waited a week and started lifting again, but I had to alter the way I did some exercises, and I went slow during exercises that strained my stitched up area. I say you start out with light weight, go slow, and see how much you can handle without pain or stretching/ripping. And do that. I didn't have any problems because I was careful with it.

    Good luck!


    cool thanks man, i'll try this
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    Apr 12, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    I once had a splenectomy which required an eight inch abdominal incision and the doctor said I could resume lifting, including Smith squats, as part of my rehabilitation within two weeks of the surgery, as soon as the staples came out. However, this was not at a joint. I'd also advise you err on the side of caution; why lose six months instead of six days? Why not use this as an opportunity to take the focus off your upper body and hit legs and abs extra hard? They say squats build the upper body better than most upper body exercises.