Appendectomy surgery

  • isuflyboy

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    Feb 23, 2015 4:17 AM GMT
    Just had an appendectomy Thursday evening. Just was wondering how long it took others to recover and get back to the gym. Im not allowed to lift over 10 lbs for two weeks, and not allowed to drive for two weeks....
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    Feb 23, 2015 5:16 AM GMT
    isuflyboy saidJust had an appendectomy Thursday evening. Just was wondering how long it took others to recover and get back to the gym. Im not allowed to lift over 10 lbs for two weeks, and not allowed to drive for two weeks....

    Then don't violate your doctor's guidance. I got over my emergency appendectomy (my appendix had actually burst just as surgery began) and was doing high school gymnastics within a month. An appendectomy is really quite minor these days, but neither should you rush things. Just follow your doctor's guidance, and put aside thoughts of the gym until you're told it's OK.
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    Feb 23, 2015 1:58 PM GMT
    Yup, I had an emergency appy on Jan 9th. I had the laproscopic and my appendix did not rupture. Was back in the gym doing light workouts at about day 10. Felt back to full strength at day 20. However, my surgeon did tell me that I had a really strong core to begin with. You should really, really rely on your nurse/surgeon because every person is different. The biggest thing I learned was to rest when I felt tired and to ease back into the gym. And when I felt pain, it was an indication to stop what I was doing.

    I had knots under my skin at the incision which have gone down about 50% since the surgery. This appears to be normal. I was told to begin massaging the area with petroleum jelly at week 6 to soften the tissue. That really seemed to work.
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    Feb 23, 2015 5:57 PM GMT
    Depending on the type of surgery, your recovery will vary. Laparoscopic surgery that doesn't require general anesthesia means you'll be back in shape soon. My good friend had his appendix out last year 9 days before the Boston marathon -- he ran the race [with his doctor's concurrence] and finished in 4:25, about 70 minutes slower than expected [but he still beat me!].
    Good luck.
  • LJay

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    Feb 23, 2015 9:27 PM GMT
    Work directly with your doctor on this one. Circumstances vary and so do patients. Better to hold off on the exercise until definitely released. Complications can be a whole lot worse than waiting until the doc says OK.
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    Feb 24, 2015 5:11 AM GMT
    Feel better soon!
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Feb 25, 2015 5:48 PM GMT
    It took me a couple of weeks, about a month and then it was light exercises only. And doing some rehab on my core to sterngthen my core muscles again - the surgeon who did it said I had a abdominal wall like a piece of prime beef and was very hard to cut through. lol.
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    Feb 25, 2015 5:59 PM GMT
    LJay saidWork directly with your doctor on this one. Circumstances vary and so do patients. Better to hold off on the exercise until definitely released. Complications can be a whole lot worse than waiting until the doc says OK.

    +1

    We all seem to be advising about the same thing.
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    Mar 07, 2015 11:14 PM GMT
    isuflyboy saidJust had an appendectomy Thursday evening. Just was wondering how long it took others to recover and get back to the gym. Im not allowed to lift over 10 lbs for two weeks, and not allowed to drive for two weeks....


    Welcome to the club! I had my appendix out a couple of years back.
  • isuflyboy

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    Mar 17, 2015 4:42 AM GMT
    I appreciate it guys! It'll be 4 weeks Thursday and I pretty much can't tell I've even had surgery except the scars! The improvement from the second week to three days after two weeks was amazing