• How soon should I be able to resume normal activity after surgery?

    Asked by twillie304 on Monday, January 2, 2012

    How soon should I be able to resume normal activity after surgery?

    How soon should I be able to resume normal activity after colon surgery?
    Supposed to have 12-14" removed and reconnected.

    Should I be able to work on laptop the day after surgery? I hear that I will have to get up and walk around that next day, so I am assuming I should be able to work on laptop, too.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Boy, that's a tough one to answer. It depends on how strong you are before surgery, how fast you recover, do the do it laproscopic or are they going to open you up. I had an exporatory surgery in my abdomen, I couldn't even raise my head for a few days, by belly hurt so bad. They will come in the very first day and make you at least sit up, and maybe walk a little. A word of advice, if they cut you open, keep a pillow by your side on the bed to grab and put against your belly should you have to sneeze or cough. It helps it not hurt so bad.
      Good luck!! Hope its a smooth and painless surgery for you!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      Work? The day after surgery?
      Twillie, heal yourself before you even think of working!
      Your health and well-being are the most important goal you can have, for WEEKS.
      I had laproscopic stomach surgery a week ago & just can't imagine the pain of a regular surgery would have felt like.
      I am just now starting to feel better and trying to get back into my real life, maybe in another week I can get out of the house.
      Please, do not worry about your work!!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • RebeccaW's Avatar

      My husband had 5 inches taken out laproscopically and was not even coherant enough to check email until he was released four days after the suegery. Even then he barely touched his computer as the pain meds would knock him out. Having 12 to 15 inches means open suegery. My good friend Kathleen had hers via open surgery and they had her in the hospital for five weeks. Three of them in ICU. It sounds like this will be your first surgery. Please do you and your work a favor and rest! Your brain takes at least three to five days to be rid of the anesthesia and then they pump you full of pain killers and anti-nausea meds that make you groggy and not think straight. This is not the time to work. The expectation you have on yourself would cause undue stress and prevent yourself from healing. I know this is inconvenient, but resting and recooperating is the best thing for you. Relax, trust, breath....it will be alright! Blessings to you!

      almost 5 years ago
    • bobhess' Avatar

      How long I don't know,but I can share my experience. I was in the hospital for 5 maybe 6 days. I was walking two hours after the surgery and this was not by choice and yes this was painful.
      As the days went by I was able to increase the distance and the pain did subside. I was ready to leave after day 4 but was told I had to "pass gas first" and was never so happy to fart. My hope for you is you have as great a medical team as I and support from family members as I, this was critical for emotional support which I feel is so important to our recovery.
      I was able to play on my laptop in the hospital but found it to be important to rest more. My normal activity has of yet to return as I was a very active person. I believe a lot of this is due to the chemo rather than the surgery itself. Today through acceptance of my limitations I'm able to live happily and still enjoy my life,family,and friends. Drummerboy had a very good suggestion with the pillow as this did help me.
      Stay as active as possible and rest too,I pray for this balance. Hope all goes well and please keep a posting as this is so beneficial to all of us!

      almost 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I just had surgery on December 8. I had a J pouch and ileostomy. My incision is a c-section incision and the rest was laproscopic. I too, figured i would be up and using my computer the very next day. The honest truth was I was not interested in touching my laptop even though any other time in my life i am always "on". I am going back to work on Thursday which is exactly 4 weeks from the day of my surgery. I probably could have went back a little sooner but like others said, you need to give yourself a chance to heal. Pushing it too much could land you right back in the hospital.

      One thing that really helped me with the pain is that I was given nerve blocks and IV tylenol for pain management. I also had a PCA with narcotics but the nerve blocks and tylenol seemed to do the trick. With the nerve blocks in place I was able to get up and walk in the halls the evening of my surgery. By the fourth day when they removed them, I did 17 laps in one day, which on the floor I was on, equated to a mile.

      Give yourself a break and see how you feel each day. Even though I am looking forward to going back to work on Thursday, I wonder if I will be able to make it through the day. You would be surprised how tired you get from doing simple things like getting showered and doing food shopping.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Jeannie's Avatar

      I had 12 inches of my colon removed and to control the pain I had an epidural. I needed no pain medication so my mind was OK, I could get up and walk, cough etc just fine until my blood pressure caused me to have the epidual removed. I did work on my computer the first 2 days but after I got on medications my mind was fuzzy, I need the pillow to cough, and needed to push the button on the IV pain medication to go for a walk. It takes allot of your energy to walk and each day you should try to walk a little longer, I wish the epidural could of stayed in longer. If your work is important you may want to wait a few weeks until your off meds to continue. My Dr said it takes 4-6 weeks to heal but I had to start chemo at 3 weeks.

      almost 5 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      As my surgeon told me, it would be determined upon what he found once he got inside. Fortunately, he was able to operate laparoscopically so I didn't have a big incision. I was in the hospital for 6 days. I was able to look at my phone and read text messages the day after the surgery, but on a limited basis as I was still nauseous from the anesthesia. I was still too loopy to really do much until perhaps the third day when he got me off the heavy painkillers. I was on my laptop by the fifth day, but couldn't have it on my lap.

      Walking wasn't the biggest challenge; it was getting up out of bed or off the couch! That took a while. Once I was home, I was only allowed to go up and down the stairs once day. Sitting was a problem for several weeks...almost a month before I could sit for an extended period of time without discomfort.

      I was also told 4-6 weeks and that was accurate. I was back at work (as a teacher, on my feet all day) after 6 weeks. Do not push yourself. I pushed myself after I had my 2nd child and ended up hemorrhaging and on bedrest. I take recovery seriously now and fortunately had no complications following my resection.

      Good luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Jenn_C's Avatar

      I was off work for 3 weeks. I want coherent the day of surgery, It want until maybe the third day I even looked at a phone and sent a facebook status, that I barely remember sending. Don't worry about work if you can.

      over 4 years ago

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