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Surgery Recovery - one week out

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Last Tuesday, I had one ovary and 2 fallopian tubes removed via robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. I'm recovering well, though not as quickly as I had expected. I''ve been feeling better each day, and have been keeping a log to track my progress. I think the numbers are interesting (I couldn't get an image to load properly - I apologize if the numbers don't line up nicely below):

Date Weight Steps Stairs Cal In Cal Out Fiber Protein Notes
2/9/16 123.6 ? ? 70 ? 0 3
2/10/16 --- 709 0 519 1269 6 27 Narcotic painkillers
2/11/16 --- 1681 2 645 1381 11 31 Switched to Motrin
2/1216 --- 2858 4 1079 1485 17 41 Grocery shopping, dinner out.
2/13/16 --- 3666 9 945 1545 22 40 Lunch/dinner out
2/14/16 120.3 5533 16 1387 1686 23 58 Plumbing beginning to function again.
2/15/16 120.1 3892 10 1320 1475 21 67 Down 1/2 Motrin, 2x/day

What have I learned from this experience so far?
1. If Fitbit is correct, my BMR is higher than I thought. Even with minimal activity, it has consistently said that I've burned more calories than would have imagined.
2. It's important not to overdo it - I made a few outside excursions on Saturday and Sunday, and by Sunday evening was completely wiped out. It took spending most of Monday on the couch to recover from that; I feel much more energetic today.
3. It's important to listen to my body - I was fairly nauseated after surgery and also experienced some pretty bad (intestinal) gas afterward - eating small amounts when my body feels ready has helped, in addition to chamomile tea, prune juice, and some caffeinated beverages.
4.Today (one week post-op), I have very little pain. However, I'm still a little tired, and my digestion is still a bit off. I plan to work on increasing both fiber and protein to help recover the rest of my strength.

PS: for anyone interested in the technology - my surgeon used the DaVinci surgical system, and was able to do the surgery via a single incision in my navel, which I find pretty amazing. If you look up the system on wikipedia, they have a photo (obviously staged) of what it looks like. I'm amazed that I was operated on by a robot "octopus" controlled from a console across the room. I'm VERY grateful I live now, and not in the "drink some whiskey and bite on something" medical age!
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    Happy to hear that you are making progress and feeling stronger.

    the technology available now is pretty amazing!


    1156 days ago
    I had ACDF surgery Thursday 2/11. Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion. Started using this AP since then and encouraged. Need to decrease my weight significant amount.
    1156 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Great this surgery was available to you. Mend quickly!
    1156 days ago
    Oh no - the chart came out awful - I'll have to find a better way to show that.
    1156 days ago
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