Surgery Update

Surgery is scheduled for May 10!

Nervous? Not really. This will be my third surgery in less than a year, so it’s not something new. I am a little anxious about the recovery. I really don’t want to be uncomfortable or stuck in one place for too long.

I talked to the nurse at the plastic surgeon’s office and asked a bunch of recovery questions. Since I’ve gotten started exercising again, I am concerned about having to wait a long time before I can be active again. I got the general “6 week recovery” info, but I didn’t know if that’s 6 months on my back or if I can slowly work myself back up.

So the nurse said I’ll probably be able to move around relatively soon after the surgery. She said I’ll probably be a little hunched, because the skin over my stomach will be drawn tight. She said I should plan to not do much the week following the surgery (I’m so disappointed I won’t be able to do that marathon I didn’t sign up for…) but that when I feel up to it I can start with short walks and build myself up to longer walks. She basically said to listen to my body to see what I can do as far as exercise. She also said they’ll probably recommend that I increase my protein intake, so I’ll need to see if my current level of proteins (5 servings a day) is enough, or if I’ll need more.

Here’s some general info I found at The Cleveland Clinic’s website on nutrition tips to improve would healing:

“Power” Foods and Food Groups to Help With Wound Healing

Protein: Meats, beans, eggs, milk and yogurt particularly Greek yogurt), tofu, soy nuts, soy protein products

Vitamin C: Citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, tomatoes, tomato juice, peppers, baked potatoes, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage

Vitamin A: Dark green, leafy vegetables, orange or yellow vegetables, cantaloupe, fortified dairy products, liver, fortified cereals

Zinc: Fortified cereals, red meats, seafood

(link to source)

This info is pretty good because I eat a lot of this stuff as part of my current nutrition plan. I haven’t been eating too much citrus because I haven’t seen many good oranges in the stores, but in a month that should change. I am eating spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, so that’s a bonus. In addition to spinach, I eat lots of carrots, so Vitamin A is in the bag, too. As I mentioned, I get plenty of protein from meat and eggs and my shakes, so that’s good. I feel pretty good about my body being prepped for recovery.

Not quite sure when I’ll be able to get back to exercising, but I’m going to work my butt off until then, at the very least. I’ll be able to exercise for about 6 weeks (I’ll be about 4 days short since surgery is a Thursday).

Anyway, I’ll have a pre-op appointment with the plastic surgeon a couple days before the surgery, and a pre-op appointment at the hospital. This surgery will be at East Cooper Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, which is a hike from home, but I guess it just depends on the day of the week as far as what hospital I’m at since my doctors have privileges at a few different ones. I just hope they have decent food, otherwise Brad’s going to have to bring me my shake, a mini-fridge, and the Nutri Bullet so I can make my shakes.

Speaking of shakes…I tried the chocolate today and it was amazing!!!!! Tastes like a delicious chocolate milkshake and there is no milk or ice cream in it.

So that’s all for today. I may have mentioned that I have an appointment scheduled next week with the physical therapist. I’ll report on that then.


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