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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,
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).

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection in July which was planned as laparoscopically but ended up being opened up completely. Before the surgery my dr told me no lifting anything over 8 pounds (a gallon of milk) for 6 weeks with no exceptions. If you are unsure, you should definitely ask a dr. GOOD LUCK and take plenty of time to rest and recoop!
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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cdn! The fact that you had a lap may reduce some of your restrictions since you did not have a large muscle incision. I was not lucky enough for the lap option back in 1990. However, I have had back surgery in the past 5 years. It was done laparoscopically and I too was told about nothing heavier than a gallon of milk for 6 weeks. I overdid and set myself back quite a bit.
I would go easy on the lifting unless your doc OKs more. My darn laptop bags are always heavier than I think. If you do carry things, try to carry them with the weight to your side, not in front or in back of you. that produces less strain on back and stomach muscles. I use the handles and not the shoulder straps to keep the weight over to my side
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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