horizon wrote:I do too. Back when I was considering getting a port I was able to talk to people on here that told me they had gotten one and could still hit the gym. What a great resource this forum is. I could never find that out on my own.
I didn't even think about the gym. I've been doing the Cybex machines at the YMCA since about two weeks out of surgery and was only doing weights from 20 pounds to 70 pounds. The Cybex machines are all about isolation so I just stayed away (mostly) from anything involving the abs. I'm doing the abs machine at 40 pounds these days (30 reps). I was doing about 190-200 pounds before surgery. In the old days I could max out the machine. I tried the Rotary Torso machine at 20 pounds but I decided to skip that for now. My normal weight setting is 145 pounds. Tennis players can typically do most of the machine. I had a tennis player friend try out the machine at 145 and he got on the machine and did it with no problems. He's never used the machine before but he's a lifelong tennis player and can really whale on the ball.
So, for those that workout in the gym and that had open surgery, how long before you could start back in the gym and how long before you could do what you did before surgery? It is really nice to at least be able to do the machines as you can feel the workout and work up a sweat.
6/23/17: ER rectal bleeding; Colonoscopy+Biopsy
7/13: Stage 3B rectal cancer. T3, N1b, M0. 5.2 x 4.5 x 4.3 cm. Lymphs: 6 x 4 mm, 8 x 6 mm, 5 x 5 mm
7/31-9/8: Xeloda 3,400 mg/day+radiation
7/5: CEA 2.7; 8/16: 1.9; 9/8: 1.8. 11/30: 0.6
MSS, KRAS G12D
10/6: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm (-90%). Lymphs: 3 x 3 mm (-62.5%), 4 x 3 mm (-75%), 5 x 3 mm (-40%). 5.1 CM from AV
10/30: Surgery: LAR, Temp Ileostomy
Path report: Tumor regression grade: 0 (complete response).