I had an operation on my hand a couple of years ago and had a very similar unhelpful reply from the surgeon. I decided to run as normal with the stitches well protected with strapping, and had no problems. Infact, I ran a half marathon 10 days later. The biggest issue for me was the after affects of the anasthetic, which seemeed to last for quite a long time afterwards.
Tricky. I would advise not doing either to be honest but then I'm more cautious with other peoples bodies than I would be myself... I suppose if you strap it up and take it for a test run of a mile or two you can see how irritated it gets. What was the operation for anyway? Are there other issues/damage underneath that you need to rest up for?
Many kudos to you for the "up yours, cancer" attitude on display there!
Best of luck, I hope it all holds together for you on your test run- but be good to yourself and don't push it!
If you put some gauze over the stitches, then sticky plaster tape over the whole area, it should be OK. I had a similar dressing over a cut with five stitches to my knee years ago while skiing, and carried on skiing.
Try a short run and then check that the stitches look OK.
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