How much walking?


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I'm 5 days post op and wondering how much I should be walking or what most are doing? Docs just say walk as much as you can. In the hospital I was talking laps every 1.5 - 2 hours. At home I've been taking one or two longer walks. Do you think it's better to do many short walks vs. 20 - 25 min walk at once. Today I did 7000 steps with about half at home just moving around.

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Just my experience. I didn't walk enough post op and got some really bad muscle tightness in my legs, which ended up putting pressure on my sciatic nerve and ultimately was far far more painful than anything from the surgery. And of course the treatment is muscle relaxers and nsaids neither of which you can have immediately post op.

If I could do it again, I'd walk at least an hour a day.

Honestly I doubt there's much a difference between many or a few walks as long as they're reasonably spread out.

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I'm 6 days postop and I've been walking almost 3 miles per day (1 hour) since day 3 postop. It has really helped to relieve soreness in my abdominal muscles.

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I think that the general answer that you will get from most programs is to go as much as can comfortably do, which can vary widely person to person. Generally it would also be better to spread it out during the day - do 5 minutes each hour rather than a half hour or hour all at once and then nothing the rest of the day. The main idea is to get and keep things moving, keeping the circulation going.

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The main reason you are walking after surgery is to avoid blood clots in your legs and help break up any gas trapped in your abdominal cavity. You might feel better if you take frequent, smaller walks - but as long as you are moving, you're doing fine! :)

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i was doing 3-5 miles within about 4 days.

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Wow you guys are fierce!!! I just started running and do 2 miles but I'm 6 weeks post op. Maybe I'm just lazy [emoji23]

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Thanks everyone. I only up to 2.5 miles a day. I’ve been tired and it’s getting cold here. I’m feeling pretty decent know one week post op so will get out thEre more. Maybe take lasts at local mall although my trip to target earlier this week exhausted me.


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I'm 5 days post op and wondering how much I should be walking or what most are doing? Docs just say walk as much as you can. In the hospital I was talking laps every 1.5 - 2 hours. At home I've been taking one or two longer walks. Do you think it's better to do many short walks vs. 20 - 25 min walk at once. Today I did 7000 steps with about half at home just moving around.

Walk every hour to get rid of the gas pressure


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