Doc Says I Can't Lift Anything Heavy Even After 4 Weeks?

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I saw my surgeon for my 4-week followup (from plication surgery) and he said I STILL have to continue to avoid lifting anything more than 10 pounds. He originally said this restriction would apply for 4 weeks. But he has now extended that to 6 weeks. He didn't even give a reason for the extension.

What experiences have others who had plication surgery had? Does this sound excessive to you?


Age 59
Married/committed relationship
Approx Date of symptoms: Summer 2023
Type of Symptoms: 90-degree downward bend
Diagnosed: Oct 2023 by Dr. Librado Valadez in San Antonio, TX
Only treatment was the plication surgery I had (Dr. Valadez) Feb 2024