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When can I exercise after a lung transplant?

You may be able to go back to normal non-strenuous activities, including work, in three to six months. Of course, that will depend on whether your overall recovery process is eventful or not. Remember: Not only are you recovering from a major surgery but also your serious pulmonary disease. To regain your strength, you will need to begin exercising. But be careful. Start slowly. Begin with walking at a slow pace for a short distance. Then gradually increase the pace and distance as you feel stronger. Also, do not lift anything heavy for at least two months following your surgery. Eventually you'll be able to expand your type and level of exercise. Just let your transplant physician, surgeon or coordinator know if you plan to try a more strenuous activity.

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