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Resuming training after partial neph surgery

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Mav1969a
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Hello fellow partial nephs,

As of today, I hit the 1 month mark since surgery.

Like many of you, I was pretty active prior to surgery:    mostly a road biker, but I run a bit (not very fast) and swim (even worse).  Couple tri's over past year... .  My question is about how you have handled recovery with respect to re-engaging working out.

 At this point, 1 month out from surgery, I have done little more than walk a mile or two at any one time and bike 5/6 miles at a leisurely pace.  My doctor, who is a pretty fit bloke, tells me to not do much until I hit the 6 week mark. 

I am starting to get a little "itchy" for the gym.

 So how have you guys handled recovery with training and how did your system(s) respond?

 Thank you for anything you can add.

 

mav

butterfly wings
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Well done to getting to 1 month.  I'm just a couple of weeks ahead of you.  I'm back to very slow 4 km jogging and football training.  I'm taking it super easy.  I've been nervous to get back on my bike but I'm hoping to this weekend.

I went swimming this past weekend and found if I tried to exert myself at all I would feel a slight pain.....my body was saying no.

 

Hope you are feeling well and you are back training again real soon.

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Allochka
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My fiance started swimming a bit more than 2 months after his partial. He got very tired at first, but mentioned no pain. 

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Mav1969a
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Thank you Allochka.

Good call.  Swimming may be the best jumpstarter.  But I can definitely see that the endurance factor (lack of that is) will play a role early on.

 

Thank you.

 

mav

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Mav1969a
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Thank you Butterfly.

 

I've thought about swimming as well.  

 

Just to clarify, was the slight pain at the incision or more internal?

 

Thank you.

 

mav

Blueraidermike
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What I did for the first 6 weeks is walk a lot.  Then in week 7 started adding a little jogging.  It took me another 6 weeks to get from walking to all running.   Don't rush it.   After the 12 weeks, I was able to run , swim and bike with no real issues.    In fact 5 months after my surgery I did an half ironman race and damn near PR'd the event. 

So for now, walk more, walk an incline on the treadmill.   Stay away from strength training until after your 6 week post op visit with the surgeon. 

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Mav1969a
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Thank you Blueraider.

 

 

You and many others on this forum are such an inspiration!

 

Yes, I don't want to rush it.  (But at the same time, I don't want to do too much laurel resting or I'll get use to it.)

 

mav

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My surgery was July 10.  Starting on July 14, I started walking 6 miles per day- 3 in the morning, 3 in the evening.  I live 1.5 miles from the beach, so it was worthwhile.  Prior to surgery I would jog on weekends about 6 miles per day.  If I recall correctly, it was uncomfortable for me to jog until about 8-10 weeks after the surgery. For me, the bouncing did not feel right.  It took me a while to get my endurance back.  I'm a volunteer firefighter, and about 3 months after my surgery date, we had a house fire, and I was pretty gassed after about 20 minutes of work--but going to work at a house fire as an interior firefighter is very strenuous and high intensity exercise.  It took me about 6-8 months to regain my stamina.  There are quite a few runners on here, and I recall one guy was at it pretty quickly.  Follow the advice of your doctor, and do what feels comfortable.

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Mav1969a
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Thank you P_M_A,

Great tips.

Been doing a morning and evening walk for last week and it feels great.

 

Mav

aamdsi
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I am a Tri. person too 8-)  Had my open partial last March (2014).  FOr the first month I did A LOT of walking and very minor weights (5 lbs). I was told not to run or swim for 8 weeks - which was REALLY HARD.  But I listened.

At 8 weeks I started a very slow 1 mile and worked up from there. Swimming was the same(and felt so good), a slow 1/4 mile the first week.  Biking was easier. I lifted weights (much lighter than normal) and all felt great. I did my first tri. mid-July and did well. 

Now that being said...I pushed too hard too fast after that and the 2 tri.s and a long trail relay marathon that followed were HORRID. Felt awful, did awful.  No fun whatsoever. I got scolded for them 8-(

Take it easy.  I should have stayed on the slow and steady course instead of going, "Hey I did as well as I noramlly do. I must be all better"  and took off 8-(.

My simple advice (hindsight) this summer should be recovery focused.  Do a tri. or 2 but don't push to be "up to snuff".  5k's were easier and more fun. 

Take your time - trust me, I know how hard that is. But I woudn't wish the experience I had after one race last year on anyone 8-(

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Mav1969a
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Thank you Aamdsi!

Great advice.  

 

I actually jogged a bit on my walk this morning.  It felt great, no discomfort at all.  I'm am itching to get in a pool.  Hope doc gives that the OK this week.  I'll keep your advice in mind though and refrain from pushing too hard.  As my doctor reminds me, what's a few weeks to ensure healing compared to decades of health.

cheers.

 

Mav

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I am officially a lazy git! Mowed the back lawn. Aches like buggery! Thinking about mowing the front lawn.

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