Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson narrates this instructional video that shows the best bent-over and “jackknifed” positions after abdominoplasty surgery.
During abdominoplasty the tissues are pulled tight at the waste line. It’s important to maintain a bent over, or jackknifed position when standing and when walking for the first week or so. As the tissues begin to heal, it is safe to achieve a more straight position.
However, this jackknifed position is critical for the first week, even when attempting to sit or lie down. The knees should be lifted, the feet and the head should maintain an elevated position whether it’s with pillows or with a recliner chair. This protects the incision and protects the abdominoplasty results.