The following is a journal of my return to activity from walking to running following my laproscopic right hemicolectomy.
I hope this post is of interest/use to someone coming back from similar surgery. Please check with your doctor about these things and remember the internet can't be sued for malpractice. And don't do anything if you feel any pain or discomfort - err on the side of caution. And this is no worse than listening to letsrun.com message boards.
I had surgery on Thursday February 2nd. You can see that day was the last time I cleared 1000 steps in a day for the next four days.
My surgeon gave me permission to start walking immediately, with no restrictions on the amount except for the amount of fatigue I felt. He asked I refrain from using aerobic equipment at the gym for two weeks post-surgery, and running for six weeks post surgery. Weightlifting is also not recommended. The worry is that excess straining from too much abdominal impact could create post-surgical hernias at the wound sites.
Honestly, not running for an extended period was the least of my worries when I went in for surgery. I was lucky to have an uncomplicated surgery and no need for post-surgical treatment, so after surgery, I did start counting the days till I could return to exercise activities.
After four days of near total rest, I started to move around the house (and take walks outside. On day 5 - Tuesday February 7 - I hit 1342 steps. By day 9 - Saturday February 11th - I passed 5000 steps in a day.
By day 14, I was getting eager to do more and more. At day 16 after surgery - I felt strong enough to hit 10000+ steps -- my pre-surgery normal step goal.
The following week, on day 21 after my surgery and after my 3 week post-op visit, I returned to the gym. I started on the treadmill at a moderate pace (3.5 mph) and a 10% incline to get my HR up to aerobic training levels. I felt a little soreness during one session on day 22, slowed it down, but felt fine the next day (day 23). That day, I did a fast walk with a couple of little light jogs over 1.5 miles on day 24 and felt fine the following morning, returning to the gym for the following six days.
I made it over a month without running! On March 4th, the 30th day, I returned to light outdoor running at a pace of around 10 min/mi, with no discomfort. I returned to running about 12 days sooner than recommended, but the amount of force I exerted on my abdominal muscles using the elliptical machine felt greater than the impact from gentle running. Perhaps not smart, certainly extremely impatient, but judging from this other post which says jogging is generally ok after four weeks, another says two to three weeks of no activity that causes straining, pulling, pushing or jumping after laproscopic abdominal surgery, so not completely out of line.
I plan on keeping my effort light through week six just to make sure, but am confident that my insides are holding up fine.
This is a wonderful thing to read. I’m on day 9 post surgery from a colonic resection using laparoscopy. I’m still in pain, but less so than earlier in the week. I’ve cleared 2500 steps just moving around the house over the last few days. I’m eager to start taking on longer walks, with the hope of returning to running (ideally) 1 month after surgery, just like yourself. Average was 30 miles a week pre surgery. Can you tell me how long it took you to get a simple 5 mile jog under your belt once you were back running? And also, I cancelled my gym membership, can you recommend any exercises that will help me get ready for a return to running? Just power walking up hills? And I’m also guessing not a lot of ab work and weight lifting until well after the 6 weeks, correct? Any more detail would be AMAZING. Congrats and thank you for this informative post. I’m trying to stay positive over here.ReplyDelete
Plastic and cosmetic surgery continues to gain good and bad connotations. Plastic surgery, a more general term, is used all around the world daily from cosmetic procedures to reconstructive procedures. 조루수술ReplyDelete
Like most people, you may think that cosmetic surgery is exactly the same as plastic surgery. Plastic surgery Limassol CyprusReplyDelete
Nice article, which you have shared about the Laparoscopic surgery. Your article is very informative and useful to know more about Laparoscopic surgeons. Thanks for sharing this article here.Anybody searching laparoscopic at mogappair covid ready hospitals in mogappairReplyDelete
Find out, every procedure varies, but knowing ahead of time will help you plan for time off work or arrange for any additional home service help you may need. Plastic Surgery in TurkeyReplyDelete
Looking for a job as a surgical technician can be easily accomplished if you enroll in a school that has job placement services for their students. You can also find a job yourself by looking for opportunities on reputable job placement sites. how long is surgical tech schoolReplyDelete
The requirements to be hired vary from state to state and hospital to hospital. The results shown here will help you see what some hospitals are looking for accelerated surgical tech programReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your post, this is really informative for me. It will help me in future, i appreciate your blog!! You can Also visit on,ReplyDelete
laparoscopic at mogappair
multispeciality hospitals in mogappair
State and federal governments fund the program jointly. It is administered by individual states. Medicaid is distinct from Medicare which is exclusively a federal health program. homemade pizza for diabeticReplyDelete
Thank you for your blog. Much thanks again. Really Cool.ReplyDelete
You know why specialization and board certification are important in cosmetic surgery. Breast Augmentation SurgeryReplyDelete
Find someone who has already had some type of cosmetic surgery procedure. Dr. Brennan Orange CountyReplyDelete