Exercising Post Surgery

I had surgery to treat Endometriosis 2.5 years ago. This was a laparoscopic procedure to remove a cyst on my right ovary.
Post surgery, I was in a fair bit of pain for 2 days. I moved like an old lady, I napped multiple times a day and felt totally useless.
But I was fortunate enough to experience a smooth recovery and was slowly able to fall back into my old routine fairly quickly.
The only thing I had trouble readapting to was exercise. It took me many months to start feeling comfortable again to exercise at the level I was at pre-surgery.
I was scared of hurting myself
And as a PT, I’ve seen it in some of my clients. Some of my clients have injuries involving their knees or their backs which have put their lives on hold and are scared to feel that sort of pain again. And I totally get it. Being in pain is horrible, and if we can avoid it, why the hell wouldn’t we?
But it’s so important to push past this mental block of potentially hurting yourself, in order to strengthen and heal your body.
Start with what you’re comfortable doing. If you’re only comfortable going at a slower pace or lifting a lighter weight, do that and eventually build from it. The important thing is to keep your body moving.
You will be surprised at how resilient your body is, and if you exercise correctly, your body will get back to where it was a lot quicker.
Yours in health
Coach Phuong
PS. If you want more help or advice on this, leave me a comment or send me a message x

2 thoughts on “Exercising Post Surgery

  1. Hi there! I’m new to this, I had my first lap 20 days ago and I’m really struggling to get back into excersice because every time I have a little bit of pain I feel like I’m not strong enough to run again, and scared that it’ll make it worse. I’m still in pain daily but my doctor told me that I should be able to return to normal 2 weeks post surgery. How can I motivate myself to push through and get moving again?

    Thanks, Leah

    1. Coach Phuong 08/03/2019 — 8:07 am

      Hi Leah,
      Everyone recovers in their own time and in their own way. You’ve only just had surgery 20 days ago, this is a huge shock to your body. You’re also still in a lot of pain, and even though the doctor has told you everything will return to normal again after two weeks, this won’t be true for everyone. I met a woman who was told she could go back to work after one week, and ended up taking FIVE weeks off work because of the pain. Look after yourself first, and you’ll eventually feel confident and strong enough to get back to running again. If you’re feeling really fidgety, start small with a walk (or power walk) around the block and see how you feel. I hope this helps x

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