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I'm a saxophone player who underwent a liver transplant about 6 weeks ago.
In the surgery they had to cut trough my belly muscles.
Does anyone has some advice for me about how long I will have to wait to start plaing again?
I'm 70 years old and eager to start blowing.

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Does anyone has some advice for me about how long I will have to wait to start plaing again?
My advice is to get your medical advice from your doctors, not from SOTW! If you wouldn't let a saxophonist perform your surgery, don't let a saxophonist guide you on how to recover from it. Whether you can/should engage in this kind of strenuous activity is a medical question, not a musical question.
 

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What LostConn said. Your doctor may not understand exactly what muscles are involved in playing your instrument, but he knows when you should and should not participate in ANY kind of strenuous activity.

This shouldn't be a "how soon can I start playing" question. It should be a "When is it absolutely 100% safe to start playing again" question.

Talk to your medical professional and explain your concerns; I'm sure they will be able to provide you with a time frame.

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Point well taken and I surely will talk to the medical specialist about it on my next checkup.
Just wondered if anyone here has been through a similar experience already, or maybe even is a saxophone playing medical expert or surgeon him/her-self...
 

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That is a very serious operation indeed,life changing-medication and anti- biotics permanently post op. Definitely a question for the medical specialists.
 

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Hi,

I'm a saxophone player who underwent a liver transplant about 6 weeks ago.
In the surgery they had to cut trough my belly muscles.
Does anyone has some advice for me about how long I will have to wait to start plaing again?
I'm 70 years old and eager to start blowing.

Significant replies highly appreciated...

Jaaky
I had similar surgery when I was about 50. Allot has to do with how good a shape you where you in prior to the surgery. It took me 3 months before I could do 1 sit up, but gradually got back into running and exercising and in 6 months everything was back to normal. I was in very good shape prior, no excess weight or belly fat. The only thing is that every now and then I get spams which is like a charlie horse of the stomach muscles that can buckle you right over. It can happen if I twist in the right position. Just go slow and you should be fine.
 

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Thanks, that is encouraging !
I'm actually recovering pretty good for an old geezer who was a bit overweight, so good that I have to remind myself constantly to pace myself <g>
 

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Wow! Sounds like you are recovering nicely from some serious surgery... Congrats!

Your doctor will know exactly what muscles are involved in playing a saxophone.
DO NOT play the sax till he or she says it is safe.
As everyone else has said, patience will be key.
You want to heal as best as possible the first time.
Did you ever watch a documentary on Art Pepper? He had a huge abdominal hernia and always wondered if he played too soon...
Good luck!
 

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I have had my belly muscles cut through twice a year apart. I have an 8 in cut both times. I agree its about 3 months before I felt ok to play again. They have never got back to where I was in strength, but no problems.
 

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I have had my belly muscles cut through twice a year apart. I have an 8 in cut both times. I agree its about 3 months before I felt ok to play again. They have never got back to where I was in strength, but no problems.
Good to hear... My scar is huge, about 16 inches. Unless the doctors are going to advice otherwise, I figured to carefully start practicing after about 3-4 months to be able to really play again after 6 month to a year... Of course also my new liver needs to be properly encapsulated.
Oh...... I'm so grateful and humbled by the posthumous gift from my donor !!!
 
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