Activities That Won’t Hurt The Wound After Surgery

7 on July 10, 2018

I had surgery 2 weeks ago and I’m feeling strong enough to do what I like to do like gardening. I won’t lift heavy things, but will this activity hurt me in the process? My daily activities for this time are walking, watching movies, or reading books.

 
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0 on July 10, 2018

It’s probably best to ask your doctor.  I’d hate to tell you the wrong thing and cause you to have problems.  You’d get pretty hot while gardening and you still can’t gulp a lot of water at once.

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0 on July 10, 2018

I agree with Roo. Walking makes me want to drink a liter of water. Our body is still adjusting, so we need to adjust our daily activities as well with minimal effort.

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2 on July 11, 2018

I would definitely ask your doctor.  I don’t want to tell you something that’s incorrect or that might accidentally cause you harm.

Maybe ask your doctor how much walking is good at this point in your recovery.  I know it’s really hot out, so maybe you can walk around in your house or apartment or another air-conditioned place, like a gym. 

on July 13, 2018

Thanks for your concern. I’m kind of bored already with my current routine as I am used to being active. My mind might be stronger than my body’s actual condition so I will consult my doctor about this.

on July 23, 2018

I’m pre-op, but I’ve heard that walking is all you can do for a few weeks after bariatric surgery.  If you’re bored with it, try taking a different scenic route or challenge yourself by going to an area with lots of hills. I think potting plants would be okay if you aren’t lifting heavy bags of dirt or heavy pots, but gardening outside in the hot sun where you’re digging, pulling weeds, and bending over sounds like it might be too much. 

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0 on July 19, 2018

I haven’t received the green light to do anything complicated, so I’ve been taking it slow. I usually take a casual walk in and around the house or do some easy house chores (such as ironing). The pain still surprises me at times, but I’m glad it’s getting better.

Gardening may require you to move a lot and change into various positions. I’m slightly worried about your wound.

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0 on July 24, 2018

Thanks all for the concern. I consulted my doctor and he said it is fine to do gardening as long as I don’t exert effort. The only gardening activities I’m doing are watering with a hose and cutting unwanted leaves. My plants are also on an elevated rack so I don’t need to bend.

 

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