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Physical activity after surgery?

Greetings, Was wondering what sort of level of physical activity was allowed and how soon after surgery? I had my RTL on Jan 3rd and I was told to avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks. No lifting, no impact exercises etc... I am now permitted to do treadmill and stationary bike but I'm curious what other people who have been through this were allowed to attempt and when. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks! Mary


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Hi Mary,
Congradulations on your surgery. I have had 2 surgeries. My first was LTL and the 2nd Left Hippocampectomy. Each neurosurgeon told me different things based on what they found and did on the surgery. My first surgery which was like yours I was told to observe myself and take it easy for 2 weeks. He told me not to go underwater more than 10 feet. He also told me not to go skydiving. I had seizures after my first surgery so I really did not do much anyway. I did go swimming in a pool, which was fine. I did not do anything that was stressful. About 2 months later I went back to school but noticed my recall was not as good as it used to be. I went back to a City College and then went back to a University. I wanted to be perfect but I learned that you have to take it easy on yourself and things do come back maybe not the way you initiallly wanted but they do come back. My last job was working in research at UCLA and now I have children and am a stay at home mom. It is all possible, it is the patience I had to work with.

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Thanks so much for the info. When I got home I was told after a week I could try a gentle Pilates workout and that I could vacuum and do housework. So I did. Then my face swelled to twice it's size and I started getting headaches that just knocked me flat. So after two visits to the emrgency room I was told to just rest for about three weeks. I am starting to freak about going back to work because as a ballet teacher I don't just sit there, I have to be pretty active. And frankly my face still hurts. I still can't bend over without my head just feeling like it is going to explode. Plus the studio where I teach is an hour away and who knows when I'll be allowed to drive again. I also have two kids and both are too young for school so daycare is a big issue too. Ok, I'll stop complaining now....The surgery itself went well and so far no seizures. I did have one aura but that have been due to simple exhaustion ( can't sleep) and the anxiety.

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I was told to take it very easy for 6 weeks, and don't push myself for 3 months. I think that I was one week before my 3 month post-surgery when I began working out again. It hasn't been very long since your surgery, I'd wait before getting physical again.

If you absolutely need to get more physical, call the doc and see what he/she recommends.


*refractory seizure surgery on left temporal lobe 03/06*

Well, I just had surgery 2

Well, I just had surgery 2 weeks ago and Im told to take it easy for 6-8 weeks. I cant strain myself....or basically carry/lift anything over 8 pounds. I can walk though....its a refreshing thing to do, considering the first week after surgery youre inside alot. So just go out for a nice walk.

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Congratulations!!!! I had a LTL on 2/16/04 and have not had one problem since. You do need to take it easy for awhile. I was so glad to be home from the hospital that I did not relax and that was a big mistake. Good luck with everything else! I was very pleased with my surgery and I hope you are also!

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Thanks for the info everyone. I appreciate it. I wasn't given any info upon discharge from the hospital other than don't lift anything over 5 pounds. No timeline was given, no other instructions either. Very frustrating. I am usually a very active person and I also have two small children so I found it very difficult not to mention impossible to not do much of anything when I got home. As my doctor put it, it sucks right now because I am still in a lot of pain and I still have a lot of facial swelling to deal with but down the road when we get all of that resoved I will be very happy because we went into this for the right reasons and he thinks eventually I will get the desired results. Seizure free and medication free. Hopefully!

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