How long to get your body back after...?

  • swmwithsharks

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    Oct 17, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    I had to have an emergency appendectomy last week and now have to stay out of the gym for 6 weeks. Has anyone had to take a break from the gym before and how long did it take to get your body back once you started up again? It's been a little more than a week and I've already lost about 7 pounds. It's so depressing that years of work goes down the toilet because of one stupid little surgery.
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    Oct 17, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    The time I had walking pneumonia, the time I broke my wrist and it was in a cast for 9 months, the time I dislocated my shoulder. Yes, I have.

    If you're only out for 6 weeks, you could be back to what you were lifting within 2 weeks no problem. Your first couple of times back at the gym go a little lighter and maybe do circuit training. Then you can go back to splits and increase the weight.

    You had a piece of your body removed. Of course you will weigh a little less than you used to. Just make sure to get plenty of rest and eat well so your body can heal.
  • chi_rock

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    Oct 18, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    For someone your age, I would guess about equal to the time you had to take off assuming you are willing and able to dedicate significant time and effort to rebuilding your body.
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    Oct 18, 2012 2:23 AM GMT
    The first time at about 40, after a 10 year lapse and 80lb weight gain it took 5 months to become better than I ever was (it helped in that it was the first time I trained seriously). The second time at about 50 after another 10 year lapse and 90lb weight gain it took about three times as long to become my best yet (largely because I wasn't in a particular hurry and didn't want to push myself needlessly). Now I'm just happy that for every two steps forward I only take one step back.

    Related to your emergency appendectomy, I had a non-laparoscopic splenectomy involving a nine inch incision (also at about 40) and lost 15lbs but was back in the gym within two weeks the day the surgical staples were removed (with my doctor's blessing), and it took about 4 months to completely rehab myself. My first workout back I was doing smith machine squats but the real problem was maneuvering myself on and off a bench from a standing position for chest work, which would be agonizing and take 20 minutes.
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    Oct 18, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    I had major heart surgery...3 months before the surgery i was told not to work out...then i was on bed rest and recovery for 8 more months after that. I just started going back to the gym July.

    The year of not working out I gained 60-70lbs. I can say I lost all that weight plus more since going back to the gym.

    Good luck with everything! icon_biggrin.gif

    Also I juiced for one month and lost 25 lbs like that
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    Oct 18, 2012 2:39 AM GMT
    Hey John, good to hear that you're recovering.

    I've had various surgeries for different things over the years, and my last one I was out of the gym for 3 months. I totally understand about the depression, especially for our type of bodies that eat away at the muscle so quickly. I think I lost a total of 8 lbs. during that time, but that made me more determined to get back into my pre-surgery shape, and i ended up having the best results I've ever had only a couple months after surgery.

    Our bodies adapt, so think of of the 6 weeks as your body's hiatus from all the hard work you put into it before, and then get back in real strong. Taking that break might actually improve your results, because our bodies do need a substantial amount of rest.

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    Oct 18, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    How long were you working out regularly before the surgery? I think that has a lot to do with how quickly you'll recover. If you've been working out steadily for a long period of time, I think you could easily go a month or two without working out, and then step back into it pretty quickly.

    I broke my hand a few years back and had to take about 6 - 8 weeks with no lifting, and then several weeks after that where I could only lift light weights, but it had a fairly negligible impact on my overall fitness. You just find different things to do that don't hurt. icon_smile.gif

    I also had a minor surgery last December and was told no gym for two weeks, then only light cardio for a period of time after that (no lifting). The first day back I just walked on a treadmill for 15 minutes and I felt like I was going to throw up or pass out (or both, lol), but... I did it again the next day, and the next, and was back to normal in no time. I started lifting again a week after that (light weight or machine assisted to start), and was back to my regular return in January.

    So yeah... I guess the moral of the story is... if you've been treating your body well up until now, don't use the surgery as an excuse to fall into bad habits (i.e. bad diet, no physical activity, etc). Eat healthier now than you even normally would, go for a walk if you can't do anything else, etc. I think you'll find the time off won't affect you much at all.
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    Oct 18, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    Side note... six weeks seems really excessive for an appendectomy. This is a pretty standard procedure and done all the time... most people I know have completely recovered in two or three weeks. If they do it laparoscopically, it's supposed to be ever faster. Any reason the doc gave you for six full weeks?