its the same as any serious surgery or injury.
LET IT HEAL!!!!!!!!!!!
God, guys think if they miss a week they will drop to 90 lbs and not be able to curl a 5 lb db.
i hope to hell you didn't already ask your doc
and when he said give it 6-to-8 weeks (or more)
you came on here hoping for someone to say:
"You can start squating heavy again in 3 days no problem"
Ask your doc, if you don't trust his/her opinion..............why did you let him cut on you?
If you think he's a non-lifter and could careless, then go to a sportsmedicine clinic and ask an expert.
For what its worth, had surgery at 22, i'm 52 now. i assume the surgery today is alot less invasive. For me, i took 4 weeks off, just walking. Then started easy jogging, and body weight exercises, real sissy like. After two months i started lifting real ez-like and then went back into the gym, i boxed back then and easied back into it. Since then i have powerlifted and am currently trying my hand at olympic lifting and haven't used a belt in over 5 years.
Once you get back into things, if you do ANYTHING that gives you the slightest pain at the site of the surgery. STOP. None of that "oh i'm sore there cause i haven't lifted heavy in a while" It ain't the same as your chest being sore the day after benching. If you do something to make the site of the surgery sore. STOP.