What weighs 10 pounds?

Post-surgery lifting advice made easier

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If a surgical procedure is in your future, your doctor may advise you not to lift anything that weighs 10 pounds or more during your recovery period. One reason is that the stress of lifting a heavy object could result in increased blood pressure, causing a surgical wound to break open and bleed.

So, what weighs 10 or more pounds? Here are just a few examples:

After surgery, your doctor tells you, "Don't lift more than 10 pounds." But what weighs 10 pounds?

Following surgery, most doctors recommend patients refrain from lifting anything weighing 10 or more pounds.

At home:

  • Average three-month old baby
  • Laundry basket filled with towels or jeans
  • Medium size bowling ball
  • Small microwave oven
  • Medium size cat or small dog
  • Most vacuum cleaners
  • Large garbage bag (filled)

At the grocery store:

  • Large watermelon
  • Large bag of sugar or flour
  • A sack of potatoes
  • 1.25 gallons of milk
  • Three two-liters of soda
  • A holiday ham or turkey

If you’re not sure if a particular object weighs 10 or more pounds, err on the side of caution and don’t pick it up. And remember, the length of your lifting restriction will vary depending on your procedure, so be patient and follow your healthcare professional’s advice to avoid potential complications.

Mary Jo Boyle TAVR-NP-Team 150x150Mary Jo Boyle is an acute care nurse practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has over 30 years in caring for the cardiovascular patient and has extensive experience in both cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. She is one of the three nurse practitioners on the TAVR team.




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