• how long does it take to completely recover from surgery

    Asked by bigtime on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    how long does it take to completely recover from surgery

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    • geekling's Avatar

      I don't know.

      I think it depends on what you mean by recovery.

      The flesh only takes so much time to heal.

      If there are other 'treatments' involved, it takes longer. Your body remembers & tries to cope.

      Dealing with your losses can take even longer .. it has been over 10 years for me.

      But I had a different placement for surgery & cancer.

      Best wishes.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      What type of surgery did you have? Throat surgery is painful, and depending on the treatment, if any afterwards, it can make it worse. I've had two surgeries on my neck followed by radiation. My initial recovery was about a month to get to where I was able to tolerate drinking, eating, etc. I have been 4.5 years past the treatments and still working on improving.

      So like Geekling said, it depends. Let us know what you had.

      over 4 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Hi, it depends on your general health-cigarettes, alcohol. Some people that work do better, because it keeps their mind occupied, other do better staying home.

      I have it on my nose -lip, so I can't hide anything very well. I have changed my life, as mine is from UV rays. Most people don't realize anything or think that I just got burned, got in an accident-something. Some people have birthmarks, skin problems. Remember that any chemo or radiation is going to have you feel tired. Lots of it depends on your metabolism as some people heal faster than others, if you are pre-diabetic, your weight. All you can do is to stay in contact with your doctor and take care of yourself-that you can control.

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      It depends on your defination of recovery. It took me at least ten months after surgery to live fully independent. There are some things you will never recover. Your hospital stay will depend on your state of health going into surgery. I was in the hospital for 13 days and in a skilled nursing facility for another 21. When I came home, I spent much of the time resting. I did do some physical therapy. Three months after surgery I had an endoscopy to widen the throat. I was able to attend church at Christmas but I was not able to attend church on a regular basis until April (surgery was August 18) At that time I made trips to the supermarket (accompanied by my daughter) using a motorized shopping cart. There are some things that you never recover because surgery has removed a part of your body. Also there are after effects of treatment that are permanent

      over 4 years ago
    • gdytko's Avatar

      Hey Bigtime, if you had a Esophagectomy like me, it took time in stages. After 11 days in ICU and the first couple months was rough, I had to go back and fowarth to the doc to get stitches from the tubes taken out and I was lucky enough to be able to eat soft/liquid foods, so the feeding tube was out at two months. But then I had severe pain in my neck and upper right side and was hospitalized for upper extremity deep vein thrombus (blood clots) and then it was slow in the first year. At about the first year I have been able to eat more solid foods but everything has to be easy to digest so the hard part is finding things to eat that won't be a problem to pass. That is the thing to have to live with, I can't eat what I was able to before the surgery anymore. Everybody's body is and will react differently, but it took me a good two years until I felt like I could say I am as healed as I will get, the transition, the body adjusting to the rearrangement of the organs etc...I also had my gallbladder removed and that is a hard one to adjust to by itself. Also I have chronic post operation pain (post thrombotic pain syndrome) just my luck. It's rare but it's the way my body adjusted. A lot of people are able to go back to work after some surgeries like this, depending on the location of the cancer and which type of Esophagectomy the doctor choose to do. I hope you're doing good, take care...

      over 4 years ago

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