Updated 06/25/2019| Julie Tupler
Usually after abdominal surgery, doctors tell you not to “lift” anything over five pounds because intra-abdominal force on sutures pulls them apart. However, when doing activities like getting up from a seated position to a standing position you are "lifting" your whole-body weight! This intra-abdominal force on your sutures is actually much worse than lifting something weighing five pounds. That is why it is so important to strengthen your abdominal muscles as well as learn how to use them before surgery.
The ideal scenario would be to do the Tupler Technique® before having surgery! Strengthening your transverse muscle (innermost abdominal muscle) and learning how to use this muscle correctly in the recovery process will prevent intra-abdominal force on the sutures. This force can weaken the sutures and cause them to come apart. The Tupler Technique®Ab Rehab Program was created for this purpose.
Watch this video I made where I talk about the importance of preparing yourself before having surgery.
If you have not done the Tupler Technique® before your surgery, then you should learn this program as soon as you can after your surgery to “maintain” the integrity of your stitches. You use your abdominal muscles with everything you do. If you do not engage your abdominal muscles when doing activities of daily living such as standing up and sitting down from a chair, you are putting the force of your body weight on the sutures. If you continuously put this force on the sutures, they will come apart!
We often hear that with shoulder and knee surgery you prepare before surgery. Why aren’t you asked to prepare for abdominal surgery? Common sense dictates that you should prepare, doesn’t it?
Did you know that between 100,000 and 150,000 ventral incisional hernia repairs are performed annually in the United States? If you do not prepare yourself adequately, there is a great risk that the sutures may come undone, this condition is called an incisional hernia which can turn into a medical emergency in some cases and can even be life-threatening.
The Tupler Technique® Ab Rehab will guide you step-by-step on how to properly maintain what you have achieved with the “tummy tuck” surgery. More importantly, it will also teach you how to avoid incisional hernia from happening to you and how to prevent your diastasis from recurring.
If you have had your diastasis recti repaired, you will not need to wear the Diastasis Rehab Splint®. You will only need to do the other three steps of the program. You can watch the Diastasis Rehab Lose Your Mummy Tummy® if you are a woman and the Diastasis Rehab Say Good Bye to Your Gut Guys® if you are a man.
Learn how to close your diastasis now with the Tupler Technique®.
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