Hi Brandon! Congrats on a successful transplant. I had my liver transplanted 13 months ago and was told not to do any exercise for the first few months. I had to walk up and down stairs, which took a lot out of me—I was 39 and in really good health other than the whole acute liver failure, acute renal failure, and acute respiratory failure thing—but did help me re-gain strength and mobility. I also did a lot of PT at home (asked the hospital PT staff for tips before I was discharged), specifically to gain enough strength to sit up and stand up without rolling on my side or twisting and depending on my arms!
My point is: The strength will come back slowly but surely just by re-training your body to do everyday “normal” things. Or maybe you’ve already passed that hurdle (congrats if so!). I totally get the anxiousness, but you don’t want to push it.
Resistance bands are great but make sure your doctor agrees this soon post-surgery. Even if your staples are out, there are still a lot of internal stitches (and scar tissue), and the last thing you want is to rip those or—God forbid—get an incisional hernia. I hear those are painful 😬
Have you tried planks? Those worked wonders for initially rebuilding my overall and, most importantly, core strength. But ask your doctors first! 😁