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Exercise - afraid to push it

Tugguy
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Looking for some advice. 8 weeks ago I had my right kidney removed. I am 65 year old male, was in pretty good shape going into surgery. Exercised pretty regularly, walked everyday, did some biking, yoga etc. Haven't experienced real pain, just some discomfort now and again. For the first month, I did nothing except walking. Now I continue to walk everyday but started incorperating light yard work, house work, etc. I have a full blown workout room in my home and am afraid to walk into it. Can I start lifting light weights yet? Can I work my core? I'm scared to rip out whatever is going on inside. What I can't see is what I am afraid of.

I am feeling good overall, my incision is healing nicely. My biggest complaint is I get physically tired much sooner than I used to. I work as an engineer on a ship, where sometimes my days are quite long and strenuous, I am presently still out of work. Anyway, sorry for the rambling, just hoping to get some on advice on overdoing things. Thanks.

Mark

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icemantoo
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My Neph was 18 years ago at a young 59,, The first year was slqw. I dud water ski 11 monthx later.

 

 

 

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Tugguy
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Thanks for the response. Very helpful. Tugguy

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donna_lee
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you should have seen the surgeon for your post surgical exam.  What did he tell you?  I started slow, the only speed my body had at that time. It took about 6 weeks to recover from the surgery I had (click on user name to see what/how much).  Once to the 6 week mark, recovery was steady.  I could drive comfortably so went to work a few hours a day, took care of the house & home, and started doing work in my yard, that had been neclected for 2-3 years.

Begin with fewer minutes, less reps, etc.  If that works, build up. If it hurts a lot, don't do it

If you were an athlete, remember for each day off, it takes your body 3 days to regain what was lost during that time period.  One week would take 3 weeks; six weeks would take nearly 3 months.

I was  63, fourteen years ago and age and a couple of cancer recurrences and a couple orthopaedic episodes have slowed me some; still keep hanging in there.

Good luck on a successful recovery.  Hugs,

donna_lee

Tugguy
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Great info and reminders. Thank you for responding, much appreciated. Mark

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Bay Area Guy
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Was your surgery open or laparoscopic?  If it was open, you want to take things a little slow.  I had open abdominal surgery a couple of times and, like you, I walked a lot during my recovery.  I waited about 12 weeks to start very light strength training and only after getting clearance from the surgeon.  I had a partial neph done laparoscopically.  The surgeon cleared me to do pretty much anything after four weeks when I went in for a follow-up, but, other than walking, I waited eight weeks for weights and started slow and light.

Tugguy
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Thanks for the input, mine was laparoscopic, but he had to open me up to remove the kidney, I guess it was quite large. Listening to you and others I guess I'm on schedule. Just getting impatient I guess. I appreciate the response, Thank you. Tugguy

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