Exercising after oral surgery

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If you’re scheduled to have oral surgery, you might wonder how many workouts you’ll miss.

Better safe than sorry

Exercising immediately after any surgery is generally not a good idea. While you might think oral surgery is different because it’s located in your mouth, the reality is that strenuous exercise slows your body’s ability to heal and puts you at risk of complications. Rest is vital for ensuring a speedy recovery.

How soon can I resume my workout routine?

Ideally, you should wait about a week before returning to regular exercise for most common oral surgeries such as wisdom tooth extraction or dental implant placement. For more complex procedures, your oral surgeon may recommend you rest longer.

Understand the risks

Failing to rest up and give your body a chance to heal can cause one or more of the following complications:

  • Excessive swelling.
  • Bleeding from the surgical site.
  • Dry socket. This occurs when the blood clot that forms at the surgical site becomes dislodged.

Try light yoga and stretching

After a couple of days, you should be able to do light mobility exercises to stay limber and keep your body flexible. Choose simple stretches and yoga poses that do not raise your heart rate.

Ease back into it

Don’t push yourself too hard on your first day back to the gym. Start out with low-impact activities and then spend several days working back up to your regular routine.

If at any time along the way you feel sharp discomfort or lightheadedness, end your workout and try again the next day with an easier set of exercises.

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