I'll be having a laparoscopic cholecystectomy
in 4 weeks, and want to use the time to best prepare my body for a speedy recovery.
The laparoscopic cholecystectomy is effectively outpatient surgery and involves making a few incisions in my abdomen for cameras and tools, including one in ye bellybutton, and inflating me like a balloon.
If there are complications, the surgery becomes a basic tummy-opener with a more difficult recovery of course.
I'm a middle-aged, overweight woman. The gallstones are a little painful sometimes, and I'm having a lot of right-lower back pain from sitting in most chairs or doing any kind of bending for more than a few minutes, especially from the shoulders. Slouching over my keyboard in my home office chair is the only non-pain position, but not great general-healthwise.
- Losing some weight, check. This is happening naturally as a result of the gallstones: little appetite and little to no fat in my daily diet.
- Generally trying to get some exercise, check. Walking for an hour or so a day and I have an exercise bike and wii fit.
- Would extra abdominal exercises be good or bad for ease of surgery and ease of recovery?
- What else should I be doing?