How soon can I exercise after Surgery

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   Posted 12/30/2007 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Alright I realize that I had surgery less than a month ago, but I am wondering how long I have to wait before I start working out again. In addition I also play on an indoor soccer team every winter. If it starts mid-end of January do you think that I am ok to play on the team again this winter? For those who don't know the surgery I had: 1 foot of ileum removed, ileocecal valve, bit of colon and appendix removed as well. I am just feeling ready to start my weight loss program, and exercise is an intregal part of losing the darn prednisone weight and getting healthy. Thanks everyone for the help!
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Off all meds for 1 month until I heal. Still on 10mg Prednisone, and 20mg Oxycodone every 3 hours, and Oxycontin 5mg every 12 hours. Also on a bunch of other meds for crohn's and my other glorious diseases.
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen and gallbladder out at age 6, Tonsils and Adenoids out at age 21. Ileocecal (small bowel) resection on December 13th. Appendectomy during small bowel resection

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   Posted 12/30/2007 3:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I would recommened talking to your surgeon first before starting any work out. Your body needs to rest.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

jules 3892
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   Posted 12/30/2007 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi i had a double bowel resection and hysterectomy on the 22nd November.My surgeon has told me no excercise or heavy lifting for 3 months.The only form of excerise i am allowed to do is walking.

I hope you carry on recovering well.

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   Posted 12/30/2007 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
There are many different forms of exercise. You should be able to begin a modified conditioning program that includes some conditioning -- cardiovascular and stretching. As far as weight training and contact sports I think you need the all clear from your surgeon.
Here's the thing. You have to honour your body as you begin to build stamina and strength again. After surgery, when you overdo it, you will pay more dearly than you normally would. It can really set you back, so slow, slow slowly is my advice. But certainly, if you can trust yourself to pay attention to the signs, you could begin the process of regaining your pre-surgery strength, conditioning etc.

Maybe you could readjust your goals temporarily. Instead of aiming to rejoin your soccer league as a goal. Why not take it one day at a time. Aim to do 15 minutes of mild cardio (a brisk walk) or 15 minutes of stretching exercises. Assess each day how you are doing. If it exhausts you readjust your goal for the next day. And stay rooted in your reality. It isn't what SHOULD I be able to do, it is what AM I able to do.

I think this strategy will get you to where you want to be faster than pushing it too fast.

Kudos to you, for looking forward towards health.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 12/30/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
talk to your surgeon. i was gutted - top of abs to top of pubic bone. i felt fine after a month so i tried a push up to see how my body was. could barely do like 2. told the doc and he blew up! told me that was the last thing i needed to do as i could do some damage to the wound and put myself back in surgery. basically i was on the side line for like 3 months before i started working out again. and when i did i had to take it super duper slow. i mean not engaging your abs at the gym. try that. you'll be bench pressing less than the ladies doing like 10 lbs. very hard thing to do if you dont use your core. but eventually you get back to normal. it just seems like a long, frustrating time though. i was pretty much back to my normal routine in 5 months. but when you start, do it very very slowly. this is from experience.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 12/30/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

I agree.............go slow and make sure you get clearance from your surgeon before any weight lifting or contact sports.

I am a firm believer in a tread mill...........or can you go outside.  You will be surprised how fast you become fatigued so just go at your own pace.  No climbing mountains.  LOL

You can extend the distance you walk as you feel up to it.  My hubby used the spring loaded hand grips while sitting watching TV. Helps condition and strengthen your hand and grip.

Keep on posting as we are here for you.


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   Posted 10/18/2015 1:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had my 3rd abscess and ended up with surgery to remove about 2 feet of ileum resection a month ago. I did my follow up and the surgeon said I could only walk and no push ups or sit-ups. The nurse warned of getting a hernia. The doctor said he will turn me loose in a month. I did loose 20lbs in the 1st 8 days of my 19 days without food and water prior to surgery. That is until they put me on TPN through my PICC line. I have a few questions as prior to this I did weight training and ran 5 miles at least 5 days a week.
I feel good and ready to go...but remember the pain and of course do not want to do that anytime soon again.
Can I even do light exercises?
Can I jog or just speed walk?
How do others with Crohns maintain their weight?

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   Posted 10/18/2015 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cubby

I had surgery in March and I was told I could only walk around the house this was in the winter so I wasn't going out. I was only allowed to life 10lbs total so I had to have my husband bring laundry up and down the basement. Frustration on my part. Your doctors Surgeon and or GI will tell you when and how much you can lift or when to run or lift how much weights. With me it was a while. I am still going to the surgeon because I still have pain in the same place where I had my surgery. I had a ct scan in August and it revealed inflammation already back and a narrowing. I am on Pentase and probably will be going on 6mp mercaptopurine in November. I had to take a tpmt test to see if I will have mild or severe side effects. The test doesn't look good. I see from my lab results it's low to normal. I'll see what my GI says in November. I have had 3 small bowel resections and one exploratory. Have had crohn's for 52 years.

Have had remissions for a lot of years and then inflammation would come back like in March. Was really bad this time lots of pain and vometing to the point I was vometing my own stool really bad. The pain felt like it was going all the way from my ileum above my bellybutton into my chest. I would eat a low fiber diet which isn't the healthiest but a start then up grade a little at a time if you can tolerate it. Go slow and eat often but a little so your intestine can get use to it. I ate to much and regreted it. Hope your're getting better and remember go slow no matter how great you feel. Everything in time.
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