Hey, gusto, don’t be second-guessing the guy’s doc…even if it is the standard play-it-safe dribble. It takes a while for the body to heal post-surgery. When I had surgery on my shoulder, my arm was immobilized for a couple of weeks, at which point I started into simple ROM stuff. I wasn’t back to semi-normal – i.e., back to STARTING to lift – for 3 months.
Play it safe with the guy and put it all back on the doc. Focus on the guy’s diet and get him walking if he’s able and has the energy. I don’t know where you live, but if the weather permits, get him out in the sunlight. Sunlight and fresh air help with depression – or in preventing it.
Another thing, he needs to include green tea, broccoli and a small (5-6 oz.) glass of red wine (high in resveretrol) into his diet EVERY day – but no more than a single glass. They are all cancer protective. It will help with body comp, too.
Get the bad fats out of his diet. Get the nitrates and nitrites (think deli meal and hot dogs) and other chemicals out of his diet. He needs to get the sugar (suppresses the immune system) out of his diet, too. Whole foods, unprocessed, organic if at all possible! He needs to eat for health first and foremost. The good thing is it won’t conflict with the body comp stuff. Read some of JB’s stuff, like the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nutritional Programs and some of LL’s work, too. LL has writen on the health benefits (and cancer protective benefits) of adding beans and lentils into your diet.
Good luck to both of you!!! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.