I had a laparoscopic ileocolic resection last Monday, and was discharged from the hospital yesterday. I have been told to avoid the gym and any vigorous physical activity for about five more weeks (total of six weeks after surgery) to allow the fascia time to heal and avoid a hernia.
I am generally an active person, and am wondering what I can and cannot do around the house. I have avoided lifting anything heavy, but have been taking the stairs and bending or stretching for items while trying not to put any strain on my abdomen. I have also been careful when sitting or sleeping. I will need to start lifting my laptop bag soon when I get back to work, but am not sure whether that is unsafe or not.
I would appreciate any advice on what I can/can't do, as well as any signs that would indicate I am overdoing it (although I'm not sure that there would be any if it is the internal healing that I am worried about).