I also had surgery with Dr. I, I am just over 4 months post op.
-I was 2 weeks post op when I was back to lightly hitting golf balls and fishing.
-3 weeks post op I was back to working out. I started light and worked my way up to hard workouts by week 5 id say. I would do anything that wouldn't put stress or pressure on the incision (no squats, etc.) I would focus on doing exercises you can do standing or face down like push-ups.
-Started running again at 6 weeks post op.
-Swimming at week 4.
So far I have had no big issues with recovery. I am still working out hard 6 times a week. I am very glad I made the drive to Eau Claire vs settling for anything less. Every once in a while I get a strange sensation in the area while working out but I imagine it is just nerves and I try not worry/think about it. I like to think working out was helpful in recovery as it increases blood flow around the body. I have no idea if there is any truth to that as I have zero medical training but seems like it could make sense.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask or send me a message. I am not on this site as often as I used to be but I try to drop by every week or so.
I will be two weeks post op Monday from my cleft lift. I have a good outing today...did golfing make anything uncomfortable? I don’t plan on squatting to pick my ball up or swinging hard.