- Stitches on your FACE: Any exercise that causes your face to FLUSH should be avoided until your sutures are removed. Intense exercise causes a rise in your blood pressure, which increases the risk of bleeding, and bruising in the first few days. This results in decreased healing to the wound.
- Stitches on your BODY: Following the instructions above, any exercise that causes a rise in your blood pressure (i.e.: lifting free weights, jogging, etc.) should be avoided until your sutures are removed. A rise in your blood pressure could promote bleeding and interfere with healing.
- Stitches on your UPPER BACK: Avoid reaching forward and lifting heavy objects until your sutures are removed.
- Stitches on your LOWER LEG: Avoid excessive standing during the first few days. Excessive walking and standing causes fluid to develop in your lower leg. Fluid retention in the lower leg interferes with the healing process. A tensor bandage or compression stocking may be applied when standing or walking for long periods.
NOTE: The tensor bandage or compression stocking must be applied from your toes to your knees with the heel included. This prevents fluid retention in the lower leg, improves circulation and promotes healing.
- Stitches on your FOOT: Light walking is permitted. Elevation of the feet when resting is encouraged. Avoid excessive standing and walking. Avoid tight fitting shoes. Excessive walking and standing will cause fluid build-up in the foot resulting in pain and decrease healing.
- Swimming: Avoid swimming until stiches are removed.
Remember: Walking is permitted and is an excellent form of exercise. Always use common sense before beginning any exercise program. To promote healing, follow the advice of your nurse or physician.