I had major surgery just under 5 weeks ago,had 2nd half of my colon removed,having had 1 st half removed 5 year ago due to really bad Crohns disease,so being opened up through my stomach,muscles and everything else,i got out of hospital 3 weeks ago and started my recovery,only been eating semi solid food for 2 weeks and now able to walk freely without pain,so yesterday i joined 2 of my riding buddies for a cycle,ended up doing 30km XC ride with some slight dh’y bits,
My question is,do you think im jumping in to quick and what was everyones recovery time from major surgery and were you ok in the long term,ie no unseen till it was to late damage??
CraigPosted 4 years agobwfc4eva868Member
Everyone recovers differently, but if you personally feel alright then it’s alright. For me I’d say it was too soon but if you feel ok and your not in considerable pain before and after you”ll be fine. Just don’t go full throttle.
I reckon your GP would say the same thing.
But I’m a Nurse on a Orthopaedic ward, not a GP.Posted 4 years agoTedCSubscriber
Went through similar surgery steps in the ’90s though not for Crohns – temp ileostomy, followed by being made permanent ileostomy/total proctocolectomy ~3years later.
For me, that would have been too soon – total protocolectomy made sitting on a saddle a challenge for more than a few weeks :-), but everyone varies, and it sounds like you didn’t get than into the bargain.
I’d be more worried about the consequences of an off, than the actual riding itself – you’ve just had your stomach muscles seriously messed with for a second time so even though the scars may have healed they might not be as strong as you’d want yet.
Best talk to your surgeon/specialist – when are you next due a follow-up check?Posted 4 years ago
cheers guys,ye an off wouldnt be ideal,i think im probably best to just concentrate on fitness for now and let my abdominal muscles to heal proper.just wonder how long it will take to be back to normal,@Ted how long where you off the bike before hitting trail centres??Posted 4 years agoTedCSubscriber
@Ted how long where you off the bike before hitting trail centres??
This was before trail centres 🙂 Possible that CYB might have been open, but last op was ~95. After the last op, it was about 7-8 weeks before I felt comfortable sitting on a bike (TP took longer to heal than expected), but this did give a chance for the other stuff to heal a bit more. Once on the bike, took things very cautiously (the previous op had been a bit of trial, complications meant seven weeks in hospital, and I lost a third of my body weight), so was probably riding the trails I would usually ride after a couple of months, mainly did road before that.Posted 4 years agoallthegearMember
I had surgery in April and I must admit I couldn’t even look at the bike without wincing for 3 months!
Everyone is different; as my surgeon said “after only a short while, you can’t do it any harm as such. Any pain will stop you before you cause any damage”
RachelPosted 4 years ago
Thanks Rachel,I must admit i never thought i would be riding for months but i feel ok when on the bike,probably me being eager but will need to build up to fitness as im pretty pooped after the ride,on a bright note,i can now eat before rides and during which i wasnt able to before….Posted 4 years ago
Hope your on the mend now,
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