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Would having stronger core muscles speed my recovery from abdominal surgery?

Ask the doctor Q. I’m going to have surgery for a large ovarian cyst in two months. I’m generally healthy but a little out of shape. Would I recover faster if I strengthened my abdominal muscles before the operation? A. Getting in shape and strengthening your abdominal muscles before surgery is always a great idea. Several factors influence how well people do following surgery. Three major factors—older age, diabetes, and…

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