Surgery + Recovery

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    Jul 25, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    I wanted to ask anyone with experience with having surgery done on them, affecting their training and best outlook for "return to training time frame".

    I had an appendectomy last Monday (7 days ago) and it's taken me out of the gym as result. This has made me a bit anxious as the gym was a personal outlet for "extra energy" as well as a place I could go and my mind would be clear. Now I'm ready to get back in there, only thing is I'm under doctors orders not to proceed until about 35 days from now and it seems like forever.

    I have my mobility back and slowly able to do more and more every day. But I wonder about the effects of de-training and if there is anything I could do to preempt it if possible.

    My doc said I would/may be able to light workouts after 2 weeks of recovery and so forth. Anyone have any suggestions or things I could do meantime or could point me in the right direction to a reference? Thanks!
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    Oct 08, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    DID YOU ASK YOUR SURGEON?

    When I had inguinal hernia repair a few years ago I was back in the gym in just over 2 weeks. I was lifting about 1/3 my pre-surgical weight and skipping certain exercises entirely, but I was there. I was back to my previous weights and reps in 5 or 6 weeks.

    Now I think it will be a bit slower with my one-week ago umbilical hernia surgery. I'll ask my local GP at the 2 week followup checkup and plan to return to yoga (beginner level at first) about 19 days after surgery. I'll let my body tell me during yoga about when to re-join the gym.

    / if you did not see my belly button before, you never will - it's GONE!
    // still have lots of pics of it

  • Oct 08, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    I had a surgery a year ago, and I stayed out of gym for about a month. Then I started doing some light cardio, then some more of it, and then moved on to light weights (in about 2 months after the surgery). Talk to your doctor, and take it easy. Increase the exercise load gradually, listen to your body, and DO NOT overdo it! Remember, your condition is temporary, you will catch up later all that you missed. But if you push it too hard, you can hurt yourself again, which is counterproductive. Just be patient.
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    Oct 08, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    August 2nd i got a tummy tuck and a little over 2 months later I am still not 100% with the work outs. I had to take 1.5 full weeks off and the remaining of the second week I was walking on the treadmill. A week after that, I was able to do like 30 minutes of low intensity elliptical and LIGHT weights. Right now I am back to running and lifting, but anymore than 10 minutes of core work and my scar hurts.

    Just take it easy dude. Surgery sucks but you gotta give your body time to recover. i know I will be at my goals hopefully within a year.

  • LJay

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    Oct 08, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    Take your flipping time, dude!

    The doctor knows his business and means business. Pushing yourself too soon can be a serious mistake.

    Before you know it this will be over and it will be over sooner than later if you follow the doc's instructions.

    Recovery is frustrating and can be hard work. Be patient. You will not regret it when all is past and you are back to 100%.
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    Oct 08, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Recovery is the most important thing!

    I shattered my arm at the shoulder, elbow and wrist, got pneumonia from training in the rain and cold and had surgery on my airways. I was unable to do much for almost a year!! I was varsity cross country and volleyball so it sucked. My coach pressured me to play before I should've and It left me with a slightly deformed collar bone. I regret that completely cause it still causes me pain 5 yrs later.

    Especially with an internal surgery, you want to make sure your healed completely. Its ideal that you take it easy so the wound heals properly and doesn't scar or worse ruptures.

    Have a good recovery man