You can likely take off the compression vest (per your surgeon's recommendations)! Take a nice deep breath!
You may have increased swelling as you increase the intensity of your exercise routine. Pay attention to this and use compression garments as needed during and/or after work outs. Manual Lymphatic Drainage can help as well.
- Once full range of motion is restored and doesn’t feel strenuous, add light theraband exercises or minimal-moderate. weight lifting for the upper body (scapular squeezes, trunk rotation, shoulder abduction/flexion/external rotation, biceps curls, etc.).
- Start with 1lb. If 5-12 reps x 1-2 sets doesn't cause soreness, you can either increase weight, reps or sets, SLOWLY.
- If lighter weights start to feel easy and are NOT causing pain/soreness/swelling, you can upgrade to heavier weight lifting around weeks 5-6.
- You can do light upper body weight bearing: wall walks, wall push ups transitioning SLOWLY towards the floor, quadruped exercises (forward/side-to-side leans, forward/sideways reaching, kick backs, bird dog) as tolerated SO LONG AS NO NEGATIVE SYMPTOMS result.
- Lower body/trunk work outs as tolerated.