Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: New Orleans, LA
Rely on your doctor's advice and even add a week or two. Theoretically, cycling should be great exercise for re-strengthening the the abdominal muscles, but doing it before the muscles are sufficiently healed could cause re-injury. The abdomen is part of your core and does more work than you realize.
Like you, my big concern is always more about accidents. Not necessarily an actual fall, but as you point out, sudden movements that stress the muscles unexpectedly. Since you are already favoring the healing wound, you are even more susceptible because you are not moving normally and may get off balance as a result. Movements you might not even notice normally become exagerated and troublesome. Better to take the extra time for complete healing than to risk re-injury or improper healing that can cause discomfort for years.
A little anecdote. A couple of years ago my brother sliced his thumb pretty badly, right through a number of tendons. The hand surgeon who repaired the damage was actually impressed because the knife was obviously extremely sharp which made the cuts very clean and easier to repair. Anyway, two days later, and, naturally contrary to his wife's urgent discouragement, he went for a ride in a friend's new boat. You can probably guess the result. Taking a turn the boat somehow caught a wave sideways and tossed everyone out. No injuries, no damage, no big deal, EXCEPT, of course for my brother's now re-opened wound, tendons re-torn, dirty water contaminating the wound. Now the friend was a skilled boater and was not hot-rodding. Nothing like this had ever happened to him before. Never in a million years could you have anticipated it. Now my brother has worse damage and dirty water. The hand surgeon has to trim the tendons a bit to get sound material to re-attach. After the original surgery thumb use was expected to return to 90-95% of normal. After second surgery maybe 85-90%. Oh, and later a third surgery was required to remove some excess scar tissue that formed as a result of the re-injury which was limiting the range of motion.
Sorry to be so long-winded, but it just goes to show you. "Things you think will never happen happen just like that." Who can name the tune and the artist?
Sometimes it is admirable to "suck it up" and "play hurt". Many time, though, it is downright stupid.
If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!
Last edited by RainmanP; 10-19-04 at 11:19 AM.