I've had two abdominal surgeries in the last couple of years. Both times I was told that I could get back in the pool at 4 weeks for VERY gentle exercise (stretching, a couple of laps, NOT swimming a full mile) and that I couldn't resume intense exercise for at least 6 weeks. I am always chomping at the bit to get back to the gym and have a very hard time waiting that long. Slow walking is usually OK/encouraged even before you leave the hospital.
Didn't you ask your doctor about this before surgery? Your discharge instructions might mention it as well. Certainly ask you doctor for a specific recommendation before doing anything beyond a casual stroll.
definitely check with your doc & follow what you are told.
if your surgery involved cutting through the muscle in you abs, you'll be surprised how long it takes to fully heal. And by how much you use your abs to do things.
after my hysterectomy I was only allowed to walk, and was told not to do that to the point of working up a sweat. I did as I was told and slowly progressed, adding new activities as the doc allowed me to.
Most patients are encouraged to walk as much as possible after surgery. Walking helps to prevent pneumonia, constipation, urinary tract infections and skin breakdowns. Walking also helps to reduce pain by reducing muscle stiffness and getting everything moving again.
The important thing is to not over or under do it. Depending on the complexity of your surgery walking for a few minutes might be enough. Gradually increase the amount of walking until you are back in a normal routine. Just remember that as far as you walk, you have to walk the same distance to return! If you are walking outside try to have someone go with you until you are sure you are doing okay.
I would ask the doctor before restarting your treadmill. Depending on your machine it might place too much stress on your abds., especially if it's at an incline. Most of the time the doctors will tell you that you can return to your "usual" routine in 6 weeks. That's when you can go back to work etc. But if your usual routine consists of strenuous exercise he may want you to wait.
So much depends on your surgery. If you had an open procedure, where they make a big incision it will take longer to heal and get back to normal, where if you had a laparoscopic procedure you might be back to normal in a week or two.
Give yourself time to heal and follow your doctors recommendations. Hope you have quick and easy recovery.
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I recently had abdominal surgery and I know I need to also discuss this with my doctor but any thoughts on when to return to excersise, and what to start with? I'm thinking that treadmill first, thoughts, ideas, experience???
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