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    Recovery time after surgery

    What is the typical recovery time after surgery for you guys? I know they say like 8 weeks or whatever but what is it really?

    I am doing a colon surgery and I am curious to when I can be 100% again (mainly I want to get back to ISU on time).

    Thanks in advance




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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    Depends on the person. I was up and at them after three days on appendix



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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    can't imagine what the recovery on colon surgery is...

    good luck buddy




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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    I had laparscopic colon surgery on Wed. May 30th. I had about 6" removed (a pre-cancerous growth along with my appendix)

    I was up and walking around that evening (a little) and tried to walk around the hospital floor I was on as much as I could.

    I was released from the hospital Saturday morning June 2nd - So 3 days in the hospital.

    That next week, I didn't do much of anything but sit in my chair and take walks. I'm a big cyclist, so I decided to take a test ride on Friday June 8th (9 days after surgery) I rode 45 miles out to Redfield, IA. I did another 45 miles on the 10th and 12th. Then I did a 70 mile ride on the 16th.

    I tried my hand at running on June 18th - 6 miles on a treadmill - and that screwed me up My incision site and the muscles underneath felt on fire for a couple days. I decided to wait longer on running.

    I've done two more 45 mile bike rides on the 22nd and 24th.

    I'm still not supposed to lift anything over 10 pounds for another 3 weeks - which is the biggest concern - they don't want you to have a hernia.

    Other than that, I can really only sleep comfortably on my back. Lying on my side is uncomfortable and lying on my belly hurts - they say it will be that way for a few more weeks.

    I would say that if you are having it done soon and you need to be in Ames by mid August, you will be just fine. You have the benefit of youth on your side (I'm 51), and if you are in good shape before surgery, that certainly helps speed things along.

    Sorry to those who didn't want all the details, but I hope that helps you know what to expect.


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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclones2015 View Post
    What is the typical recovery time after surgery for you guys? I know they say like 8 weeks or whatever but what is it really?

    I am doing a colon surgery and I am curious to when I can be 100% again (mainly I want to get back to ISU on time).

    Thanks in advance
    Woah what happened? Aren't you 21 or younger?



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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    I had sleep apnea surgery in 2003. Called UP3 or uvular polatoplasty (not sure on spelling). Basically took out my uvula, soft palet, and tonsils in one shot. Dr required 3 weeks off of work. It worked, but the worst pain I have ever felt. Take the worst sore throat you have had, multiply by a billion.



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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONECONES View Post
    can't imagine what the recovery on colon surgery is... good luck buddy
    What you said. get well soon.



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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by CRcyclone6 View Post
    I had sleep apnea surgery in 2003. Called UP3 or uvular polatoplasty (not sure on spelling). Basically took out my uvula, soft palet, and tonsils in one shot. Dr required 3 weeks off of work. It worked, but the worst pain I have ever felt. Take the worst sore throat you have had, multiply by a billion.
    lol yeah I had my tonsils out and it was horrible I can only imagine what getting your uvula and soft palate removed feels like.

    The worst thing I have done is get pins in my index finger because of a broken bone, but that didn't hurt as much as twisting my ankle on ice.



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    Quote Originally Posted by NobodyBeatsCy View Post
    I would say that if you are having it done soon and you need to be in Ames by mid August, you will be just fine. You have the benefit of youth on your side (I'm 51), and if you are in good shape before surgery, that certainly helps speed things along.

    Sorry to those who didn't want all the details, but I hope that helps you know what to expect.
    Thanks for the details. I was curious about the running as well... ah well I guess I'll have to pull my bike out haha

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBer View Post
    Woah what happened? Aren't you 21 or younger?
    Some growths in my colon and yes I am only 19.

    Quote Originally Posted by CRcyclone6 View Post
    What you said. get well soon.
    Thank you

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONECONES View Post
    can't imagine what the recovery on colon surgery is...

    good luck buddy
    Thanks man




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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclones2015 View Post
    Thanks for the details. I was curious about the running as well... ah well I guess I'll have to pull my bike out haha



    Some growths in my colon and yes I am only 19.



    Thank you



    Thanks man
    That sucks you are my little brothers age, I'm sure you'll be fine.



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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    40+ shattered bone fragements in my ankle, plate and screws. Spent a week in the hospital. Almost 2 years ago and still not fully recovered as my ankle still drains a little to this day with swelling. Been to two highly recommended podiatrists and they can't figure it out.



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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    Depends on what’s going on: laparoscopic, via a colon scope, or good old fashioned invasive surgery. I had some small growths removed decades ago via a colon scope and that was a big nothing. Other comments above from others on laparoscopic. In 1988 I had real intestinal surgery with a portion of diseased small intestine removed and a resection (along with some other messing around in there). I have a nice “triple wide C-section” scar from that. Was in the hospital a week and probably three weeks to recover but that was some significant surgery. Getting to the point where I may have to have it done again and probably the old fashioned way again because of the old scar tissue.



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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    I had a pectis excavatum reconstruction when I was 14. Recovery time was 7 days in hospital, 6 months to "recover" and 3 years to get back to normal.

    Edit: I know it's not colonoscopy related, but this is the only surgery I've ever had. So I thought I would share it with you. If you don't know what pectis excavatum is, look it up.


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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    I don't know. After my circumcision I couldn't even walk for a year or so.

    Seriously though, I had my appendix out and was in good shape after a week. And I didn't have the laproscopic. Though your surgery might be more invasive.



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    Re: Recovery time after surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloner29 View Post
    40+ shattered bone fragements in my ankle, plate and screws. Spent a week in the hospital. Almost 2 years ago and still not fully recovered as my ankle still drains a little to this day with swelling. Been to two highly recommended podiatrists and they can't figure it out.
    I had a similar thing happen, broke my ankle and tore everything possible in the area while playing bball in college. Went to the ER, they gave me a walking cast...(WTF).

    I drove home. Next day im like I dont think this is right, went back, they said nothing they could really do. 6 months later i was still on crutches. They couldnt figure out what was going on and decided they had to fuse my bones together which would cause me to not be able to walk noramlly ever again. I declined and after 2 years my limp went away and while my ankle is still black and blue, I seldom have pain but do have limited motion.



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