beginning workouts again after testicular cancer surgery

  • gibbay

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    Mar 03, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    Hi Guys,

    I'm reaching out to the site for some advice on how I should re-start my workout routine. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer about 6 weeks ago, and I had the affected testicle removed a week and a half later. When I went into surgery I asked my doctor about how long it would take before I could start working out again, and he told me that it would take about 5-6 weeks after the surgery before I could do strenuous activity again. At my follow up appointment a few weeks after, I asked again and he said that I was making good progress, but he repeated the 5-6 week wait period from the surgery. I'm planning on starting back up with mostly cardio this week and next to gauge myself before I start on the free weights and machines, but I was wondering if there was anyone on the site who had gone through the same thing I did, or someone who is familiar with how I should proceed after this type of surgery to get back into something resembling my old routine without causing myself an inadvertent injury.

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    Mar 03, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear about your cancer. I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery.

    If I were you, I wouldn't make a move at the gym without clearing with the doctor first. Causing any kind of strain or wound damage etc could make things much more complicate and delay your being able to get back to the gym. So I would either get an appointment or go by the office and leave with the doc's assistant of every exercise you are thinking of doing and have the doc tick off the ones you can do now. In the long run, I'm sure that being conservative will work out better for you.

    Good luck and let us know how you're doing. This must be a rough time for you.
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    Mar 03, 2009 6:04 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear about your situation. Hope you feel better soon. I would recommend you contact your doctor and ask him waht you are cleared to do in the form of exercises and ask him what your restricitons are. Since he stated no strinuous exercises. I would assume you are cleared for moderate exercise but there are probably restrictions as far as joint movements. Only your doctor can tell you what those are.
  • havingfunmtl9...

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    Mar 03, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    I would certainly agree with the above post that contacting your doctor would be the best option, and the safest route to follow after such a surgery. In many cases, I know at least in Montreal, there are centers in hospitals that can help you come up with solutions to live a healthy life style after surgery - they are a great starting block, both for physical, psychological and emotional well being.

    Working in the health field (health psychology), I would tell you that moderate excercise is a great option, light weights and walking are generally considered good choices after surgeries. You dont want to be hitting the tred mill or anything right away - give your body a chance to recover and proceed slowly. It is better to give yourself a light work out, than a hard one that can cause an injury. The greatest risk for people who live active lifestyles is that they do not give their bodies the appropriate time to heal, please be careful not to fall into that trap.

    All the best !
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    Mar 04, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    Best wishes to you for a successful recovery.
  • JohnG16775

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    Mar 04, 2009 5:46 AM GMT
    Contact your doctor and the survivors network and network with others, I know the MD Anderson here in Hosuton Texas would be able to connect you to support groups . Call them and ask for the testicular cancer support group and they will help guide you with your rehab . I know several guys who have gone on and done well after surgery.
  • Rookz

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    Mar 04, 2009 6:03 AM GMT
    Congratulation for surviving such a strenuous situation, may your recovery be speedy and powerful. Powerful in a sense that you're focusing your energy to better yourself.

    Due take it easy and listen to your doctor, he is keeping track of your health. You can also let your doctor know what kind of work outs you wish to do, he'll review it with your condition and provide suggestions. Take it easy and take your time.
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    Mar 04, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    I was in your situation about one year ago. I laid off lifting weights or running for 6 weeks from the date of surgery. If you start lifting too early, you will get an inguinal hernia, which requires another surgical procedure to repair. During this time frame, I rode a stationary bike, walked on the treadmill, and rode the elliptical trainer at light intensity daily.

    When cleared to begin lifting weights, start light. Focus on doing more reps with light weight (instead of heavy weight with fewer reps). I also began running again at this point but had zero endurance. It took about six months to get back to my presurgical routine. One thing to consider is that your body does not produce as much testosterone as it did before, so this will affect your workout. I started to notice increased fat deposition around my midsection and my nipples were somewhat puffy and itchy. I brought this up with my doctor, and he started me on hormone replacement therapy (Androgel) approximately 6 months from surgery. I've been back to normal ever since. Hope this helps. Email me if you have any other questions.