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    Laparoscopic appendectomy recovery

    Who's had experience? How long until you were back to lifting 100% without fear of tearing your abdominal wall at the incision points?

    I have 3 incisions, 2 small, a larger one that's about 1" in length, located 2" inches to the right of the belly button and 1" down.

    I'm 7 days post-surgery. Haven't spoken with Dr. since before surgery so won't get exact instructions on restrictions until my 2-week follow-up. I do know that I'm to lift nothing over 10-15 lbs. for 4 weeks.

    Thanks!
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    Originally Posted by highiso View Post
    Who's had experience? How long until you were back to lifting 100% without fear of tearing your abdominal wall at the incision points?

    I have 3 incisions, 2 small, a larger one that's about 1" in length, located 2" inches to the right of the belly button and 1" down.

    I'm 7 days post-surgery. Haven't spoken with Dr. since before surgery so won't get exact instructions on restrictions until my 2-week follow-up. I do know that I'm to lift nothing over 10-15 lbs. for 4 weeks.

    Thanks!
    I had one in january. Was back to very light lifting in 1 week and back to normal workout at 2 weeks with doctors ok.
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    Originally Posted by highiso View Post
    Who's had experience? How long until you were back to lifting 100% without fear of tearing your abdominal wall at the incision points?

    I have 3 incisions, 2 small, a larger one that's about 1" in length, located 2" inches to the right of the belly button and 1" down.

    I'm 7 days post-surgery. Haven't spoken with Dr. since before surgery so won't get exact instructions on restrictions until my 2-week follow-up. I do know that I'm to lift nothing over 10-15 lbs. for 4 weeks.

    Thanks!
    There is a fair amount of variability in allowed activity levels after this type of surgery. Meaning one doctor might say lift up to 15 pounds and another might say 25 is ok. Most will let you return to normal activity in a month, but some may say sooner, others later. Waiting a month before heavy lifting is probably a good idea to reduce the risk for a hernia at the larger incision. When you do start lifting start gradually and listed to your body. If you have pain while lifting then back off. Get well soon!
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    I had the same thing, laparoscopic 3 smallish incisions appendectomy, a couple years ago. Doc said no lifting for 6 weeks, so I just followed her advice, and started back up after 6 weeks on the button. I got the feeling her advice was just standard doctrine/dogma as much as anything, but I followed it regardless.

    Edit: Get well soon man
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