My surgeon paid his last visit before I was discharged from Cebu Doctors University Hospital and one of his questions was that if I go to gym and workout. I plainly said no. He then said that it was good because if I do body workout, I need to stop and go back later – a month or two. No strenuous activities.
From what I understand, it might prolong the healing process because of intense muscle movement. I might get stressed. My body might not able to sustain any intense muscle work. It might open up the wounds. And it might be premature to conclude that the wounds are totally and visually healed yet the internal cut is not yet healed. Not only the 3 cuts (the cuts that I have) from the Lap Chole operation but also the cut through the common bile duct that separated the gallbladder from my body.
Thus, after my gallstone/gallbladder operation I did refrain from any strenuous activities. No extreme body activities.
But I exercise! My first complain when I was in the recovery room was the pain in my 3 cuts and I felt bloated. The attending doctor gave me another pain reliever through intravenous. It was injected through the tube of the dextrose at the entry point in my hand. Then he explained that the stomach bloat that I felt was due to the air that were pumped in my stomach during the operation.
When I got back to my hospital room, my surgeon, my internists, and the resident doctors told me to do my first exercise – WALKING. As suggested, it will help eliminate the feeling of stomach discomfort – bloated stomach. I walked in my room. I walked on the hospital hallway, from one end to the nurse station then to the other end.
When I was discharged and arrived home, I did continue walking around the neighborhood every afternoon.
As what they say – WALKING is the best form of exercise! This is my exercise after gallbladder removal.