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    twillie304 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

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

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      Jeannie

      Hi,
      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.

      over 5 years ago
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      IKickedIt

      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!

      over 5 years ago
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      Jenn_C

      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 5 years ago