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Had appendix removed 11-3...how long to wait before I resume tri-training?

Old 11-18-15, 11:00 AM
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Had appendix removed 11-3...how long to wait before I resume tri-training?

I'm going to guess that most of you just say to follow what my doc says...but I'm seeing conflicting thoughts on this.

I was gaining some ground with my triathlon training until my appendix decided to beef with me landing me into surgery on 11-3. Landed up having Laparoscopic surgery with 3 incisions.

Now...here comes the part where I'm confused.

According to my Dr...they wanted me off the cycling trainer for two weeks, not to run for a month and out of the pool for a whopping 2 months. (as well as being on a 10lb weight limit for 2 months)

Doing some reading...time and time again I see where Dr's actually recommend starting the swimming first, rather than last. It says that once the incisions are healed on the outside, the low impact exercise is the best choice.

Honestly...I'm still pretty stinking tender in the gut...I'm not so sure I want to start running anytime soon. I had 3 holes popped in my muscle, I really do not want to risk hurting that.

Have any of you member here gone through this? What plan of action did you guys take?
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Old 12-08-15, 02:27 PM
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Went through the same thing this time last year - i went roughly a full month before i could do any training. I will say swimming took me the longest to get comfortable with post surgery and I am a decent swimmer. I couldnt stretch out in the water and was told I was swimming completely bent in the waist to keep from extending my stomach.

The bike/running pain comes and goes. just be aware of the pain and discomfort. you'll know if you do something bad. Be sure to work on strengthening your core and keeping healthy. any type of surgery can open the body up to alot of infection/sickness and Flu season is right around the corner.

Also, don't rush back into training because you had to take a few weeks off.. I rushed back as I had Oceanside in 2 months (had already ruined my winter partying) and ended up completely beat up and my race suffered at the backend from injuries/lack of overall fitness.
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Thanks for the reply...at this point, I'm pretty sure I can't win for losing...

So I had my appendectomy on 11-3. I resumed running on 11-25 and swimming on 11-29. For some reason, my earlier results of running going well, swimming going poorly got flip-flopped. My run went to crap, but my swim actually began to rapidly improve.

I know what you're saying about abdomen tightness...when I would try to fully extend in the pool, I could definitely feel the "rubber band" in my gut. It took a couple of sessions in the water for that to go away.

Either way, the weeks of Nov 30-Dec 6 and Dec 7-13, I was getting back into my normal routine...

Then Dec 15 came and once again, I found myself under the knife. This time it was hemorrhoid surgery. Being my 3d time with this horrible surgery, I know exactly what to expect...and none of it is fun.

I'm once again out of the pool for at least a month, probably done running for 3 weeks. I may be able to get back on the trainer this weekend, not 100% sure yet.

Either way...this has been one hell of a series of events...
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Yikes!

Just chiming to say, good luck on your recovery! I had an apendectomy; only mine ruptured severely. Surgeon told me it was among the most traumatic she had seen. Actually wedged itself up underneath other stuff before it ruptured. They had to do a big long incision and move all kinds of 'stuff' around to get all the infection out. That's where I learned the human body isn't meant to be rooted around in. Talk about pain. I was in the hospital for 10 days. Mine was removed at the beginning of August, and I was weight restricted / no running / etc. until late December. Because of the infection and rupture, they did not close up my wound; but left it gauze packed for a couple of months, twice daily dressing changes.

Anyway, just chiming in to say "good luck".

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I thought I'd refresh this thread just in case anyone wants to reference it for future use.

Like I said earlier, I had my surgery 11-3.

I began walking again by Nov 8th. It went slow and I lost nearly all ground I gained before the surgery. I was doing 18min walking mile and it was all I could muster to do it.

I got back on the bike trainer on Nov 21 and managed a 45 min set, which beat me pretty hard.

I resumed running Nov 25 and it proved to be the hardest to resume, it was hard on my gut doing it.

Finally, I resumed swimming Nov 29th. It went far better than the run.

I had another surgery mid Dec that set me back once again unfortunately.

Coming to the current state, I'm happy to say that my sprint tri is June 25th and I'm ready. I have my 400yd swim down to under 8min, I can easily dot he 16mi bike and my run, although pretty abysmal, is a 5K that is down to under my goal of 36min.
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