- Appendectomy…how long before I can ride?
I was admitted to hospital at the end of last week to get my appendix out. I’m back home now with a big scar and getting very bored. Op was straightforward, – no infections or post-op complications (so far touch wood) I’m 40 and reasonably fit.
Any ideas how long it should be before I could reasonably expect to (a) – pootle up and down the local flattish and smooth cyclepath 7 miles to work again (used to be my daily commute) and (b) go proper mountain biking again.Posted 9 years agoAnonymous
an individuals rate of healing varies, as does an individuals definition of pootle up and down the local flattish and smooth cyclepath.
one thing is certain, no-one on here can provide you with the accurate guidance you seek. go speak with your doc, explain your aims and be guided by his advice. his advice may (indeed should) err on the conservative side, but that’s just because he doesn’t want to deal with you being an ill chap again. nor should you.Posted 9 years agomboySubscriber
One thing I will say is that no matter how you feel, don’t push it. I had mine out, and I felt fine within a few days, but I’ve known other people have theirs out and feel ok, only to overdo things and end up causing their wound to go septic and cause themselves a whole host of other problems as a result!
It’s best to be slightly cautious than to let your bravado get the better of you, I’ve got a very nice neat little scar from where I had mine out, I’ve seen a couple that went septic and they look well… Not very nice by comparison!
So, who’s for a “who’s got the neatest/ugliest/shortest/longest appendectomy scar (pictures please) then?” thread? 😉Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
At a guess – and what others have said here about how variable it all is is true – a couple of weeks to be riding at all and a few more for proper mountainbiking.
But ask your consultant who did the op – you should be able to speak to him / her on the phone if you don’t have an out patient appointment soon.Posted 9 years ago
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