working out after surgery

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    Dec 09, 2007 8:08 AM GMT
    Hey RJ Gang,

    I just had my appendix removed this week. It was very painful and discomforting leading up to the surgery. Now they say no vigorous activity for 2 weeks. What I'm worried about is loosing all the work I put into my abs. I usually do about 600 crunches 5 days a week.
    Now my abs is the main thing that hurts when I walk, or move slightly. Has anyone had to deal with this?
  • GQjock

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    Dec 09, 2007 11:45 AM GMT
    Don't fret...
    2 weeks won't kill you
    But I know from experience that its a nightmare to stay away from exercise for any length of time

    ... but what you're chancing if you do go back too early is possible peritonitis if the internal fastenings open up
    or... painful adhesions or scar tissue that will be permanent and may require further surgery down the line

    all in all... two weeks ain't that bad
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    Dec 09, 2007 4:36 PM GMT
    Think of it as a mini-vacation. After 2 weeks, hit it harder than ever.
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    Dec 09, 2007 5:19 PM GMT
    yeah, i agree with what the boys said above me, and emphasis on what GQJock said. Also, you run the risk of dehiscence on the surface. A re-opened wound is a royal pain and difficult to heal.

    I've seen waaay to many dehisced wounds during my shifts at the hospital, i know it sucks not exercising, but the fact that you have pain when you move, that definitely says you should avoid vigorous activity.

    in the meantime, make sure you get proper protein intake, it will help your surgical site to heal up. stay hydrated too. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 09, 2007 6:50 PM GMT
    My brother was in your shoes a few years back and almost died from internal bleeding. Serously take the doctors advice and wait. Two weeks sounds really little. And if anything if you feel pain, STOP! if youre anything like my brother its going to kill you to wait the time and you'll want to push yourself but just be careful.
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    Dec 09, 2007 10:18 PM GMT
    Had cataract surgery last tuesday, and Dr. stressed that even if it is eye surgery not internal I should do no working out for at least a week, and I specifically asked about crunches. Apparently even a little pressure can cause problems, so hold off, man. I feel bad myself about not working out, esp. at this time of year!