Post Surgery Work Out

  • alohacrow

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    Nov 18, 2015 6:19 PM GMT
    I had heart valve replacement surgery in March and just now getting back to the gym. Anyone have experience in getting back in shape after surgery? What exercises to include and or especially avoid?
  • badbug

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    Nov 19, 2015 2:29 AM GMT


    I am going to assume you got the all clear from your doctor(s) and aren't crazy enough to listen to random people on the internet, over the advice of medical experts.



    That little disclaimer out of the way,


    I would imagine you are as good as new. Or old, but it's likely that your valve is better than ever but the surrounding tissues aren't as strong as they were....this is probably by degrees though and isn't likely to be much of an issue or any issue. You would probably need a bloody microscope to see the difference.


    You will want to build up slowly, avoid too much strain.....heavy lifting, sprinting, grueling sessions of cardio, all that stuff is all stuff you will have to work back up to.


    Light exercise, light weights, light walking/jogging/swimming whatever you normally do and feel comfortable doing.


    You start slow and low impact, and slowly build up over the next few weeks and months.

    Make sure you give yourself time to rest and nutrition is very important.



    Correct form in your exercises is essential at all ages but becomes even more important as we age. The same with nutrition.


    How is your diet?

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    Nov 20, 2015 3:25 AM GMT
    Ask your doc about swimming.
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    Nov 20, 2015 3:59 AM GMT
    alohacrow saidI had heart valve replacement surgery in March and just now getting back to the gym. Anyone have experience in getting back in shape after surgery? What exercises to include and or especially avoid?


    I started cardio rehab the day after open heart surgery. I was lifting weights two weeks after open heart surgery.

    You'll want to get with your cardiac rehab team, but, much of what you're talking about should have been done already.

    9 months after 3 CABG, I was show ready.

    Get going on it. Meet with the experts, and go to.
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    Nov 20, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
    badbug said

    I am going to assume you got the all clear from your doctor(s) and aren't crazy enough to listen to random people on the internet, over the advice of medical experts.



    That little disclaimer out of the way,


    I would imagine you are as good as new. Or old, but it's likely that your valve is better than ever but the surrounding tissues aren't as strong as they were....this is probably by degrees though and isn't likely to be much of an issue or any issue. You would probably need a bloody microscope to see the difference.


    You will want to build up slowly, avoid too much strain.....heavy lifting, sprinting, grueling sessions of cardio, all that stuff is all stuff you will have to work back up to.


    Light exercise, light weights, light walking/jogging/swimming whatever you normally do and feel comfortable doing.


    You start slow and low impact, and slowly build up over the next few weeks and months.

    Make sure you give yourself time to rest and nutrition is very important.



    Correct form in your exercises is essential at all ages but becomes even more important as we age. The same with nutrition.


    How is your diet?



    Such crap.

    I was doing redline cardio a month after 3 CABG.

    If you coddle a weakness, whether it's a muscle, a closet case, or some other weakness, it only gets weaker. Rehab is rehab. We train in front of pain, and come out even stronger.
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    Nov 20, 2015 4:07 AM GMT
    It's usually not rehab without some discomfort.

    Here's what my thoracic surgeon told me: "Train in front of any pain. Take the pain med BEFORE it hurts; not after."

    You need to get advice from a cardiac rehab team that has access to your radiology, ekg, stress tests, and medical charts.

    I trained for 11 weeks on an EKG.

    I started rehab by walking the stairs in the hospital the day after surgery.

    2.5 years later, I was in show shape for a second time, just about a month ago.

    I redline cardio at least twice a week. HIIT and weights are superior to any other exercises, for a long list of reasons. You can research this yourself, and cover with your health care providers.

    Unless someone has a medical background, real life experience, and has good knowledge of your case, they have no business giving you advice here.

    In general, sooner is better. That's a very well known fact, and why Baylor Heart is so aggressive in their rehab. Of course, I'm an exceptional patient, and far exceeded their wildest expectations. That's how I do things.
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    Nov 21, 2015 2:48 PM GMT
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    alohacrow saidI had heart valve replacement surgery in March and just now getting back to the gym. Anyone have experience in getting back in shape after surgery? What exercises to include and or especially avoid?


    I started cardio rehab the day after open heart surgery. I was lifting weights two weeks after open heart surgery.

    You'll want to get with your cardiac rehab team, but, much of what you're talking about should have been done already.

    9 months after 3 CABG, I was show ready.

    Get going on it. Meet with the experts, and go to.


    I hope you weren't bench pressing two weeks after surgery!!!! Your sternum wouldn't have been healed yet.