Going to the Beach After Surgery


A vacation or a weekend getaway in a quaint, serene beach town can be really beneficial for post-surgery recovery once the wounds are closed and your body has healed from the surgery.

  • Time spent on a pristine beach and enjoying the fresh ocean breeze can speed up healing.
  • Spending a few days in a peaceful beach town can also relieve stress and reduce anxiety.
  • The sunlight will enhance your vitamin D level and boost your immune system.

When and where to go on a vacation after surgery varies, depending on the type of surgical procedure you've had and on your overall health condition. Usually, going to the beach is safe within a couple of weeks of your surgery.

How Long Should I Wait to Go on the Beach After Surgery?

If there are no post-op complications, generally, it's safe to go to the beach after your stitches are removed or dissolved. The safest is to wait until your wound has fully healed, so you should be able to fully enjoy the beach. Once your wound has healed, the risk of infection decreases, and if you take the proper precautions, it is safe to travel to a destination where you can enjoy the sun-sea-sand combo.
While you are on the beach, take precautions to lower your risk of developing complications:

  • Consider sitting on a beach chair or lying on a beach bed or towel instead of sitting directly on the sand.
  • Keep your fresh scar adequately covered.

Can I Sunbathe After Surgery?

Sunbathing on a pristine beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea is one of the best ways to reap the benefits of the sun's rays. It's the most fun, relaxing way to increase vitamin D production and boost your immune system.
Before you head to the beach, keep in mind a few aspects to avoid complications:

  • Fresh scars are more sensitive to UV rays for the first months after surgery, so you should cover your incision site and keep it out of direct sunlight.
  • Surgical incisions tend to be more sensitive to the sun while healing; therefore, limit your time spent on the beach to the safe morning and late afternoon hours.

What Kind of Beach Activities Should I Engage In?

Start activities at a slower pace when you are going to the beach for the first time after your surgery. It's preferable to work your way up gradually to your favorite beach activities. It is also recommended to not get into the ocean until your wound has healed entirely in order to prevent infections or complications.

  • Avoid swimming for at least a couple of weeks after your stitches have been dissolved or removed.
  • Avoid having a splash in the sea for longer if you have another condition that increases the risk of infection.
  • Generally, the best is to avoid swimming until your surgeon advises that it's safe to do so.

Comfortable and Peaceful Accommodation for Your Post-Surgery Vacation

To make the best of your post-surgery vacation, you need a place where you can feel safe and comfortable. Our vacation rentals are equipped with everything you need to enjoy a luxurious home away from home during your stay in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. All of our properties are within walking distance of the beach, restaurants, shops, and parks.

We offer flawless customer service, ensuring that our guests have a safe and memorable vacation.

By attending your post-operative appointments and taking the proper precautions, you'll be back on the beach before you know it. Spending time on the beach is ideal for post-surgery recovery. However, while your surgical incision is still healing, it's more susceptible to infection if sand or seawater gets into it. Before heading to the beach, consult with your surgeon to ensure your incision is completely closed, and it's safe for you to go.