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Stairs and adhesions? Stairs and adhesions?

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Unread 09-10-2007, 08:24 AM
Stairs and adhesions?

I live in a 2 story townhouse...I don't mind the stairs and take them slow...but a friend said that they are taxing and make me prone to adhesions. I remember the nurses saying to move and the more I walk the less likely I would have scar tissue and adhesions. The stairs don't seem that different especially when I take them slow.

Is there anything about this? Thanks
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Unread 09-10-2007, 08:53 AM
Stairs and adhesions?

My doctor made it very clear to me that I was only allowed to go up the stairs and down the stairs once a day for the first few weeks. When I overdid one time, I really felt bad, and haven't done that since. I went very slowly. As far as walking goes - I have done a fair amount since the beginning and it always feels fine. As they like to say on this forum...you only have one chance to heal well after this kind of surgery..so it's always better to be safe than sorry. Hope this helps. Take care.
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Unread 09-10-2007, 09:16 AM
Stairs and adhesions?

This is one of those areas where the answer is, "It depends." But it's also a case where following your own doctor's recommendations is key. Only your medical team knows exactly what you had done, and knows your condition best.

Some people are just more prone to adhesions than others, and they can form whether you overdo things or not. Also, in and of themselves, adhesions don't necessarily cause trouble, although of course they can. My pelvic/abdominal cavity is full of adhesions from previous surgeries, but I don't know that it has caused any major issues in my case.

My doctor told me that I could do stairs as long as I took it easy -- not because of adhesions but because I'd be unsteady on my feet for a few days... and she was right. And I got pretty tired the first few weeks after surgery, so the stairs were a pretty big effort, not one that I wanted to do very often.
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Unread 09-10-2007, 09:53 AM
Stairs and adhesions?

1. An e-mail has gone out to the doctor.
2. I think I must just be some tough old broad. They don't bother me anymore than walking. Yes, I know to take it easy but if I had to limit myself to one time up and down a day, I'd be in trouble. I can probably reduce the amount of ups and downs I'd normally do but I can't just stay upstairs all day.
3. I will post the response my doctor gives me.
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Unread 09-10-2007, 10:10 AM
Stairs and adhesions?

Thanks for your response Hostess. It's the first time I have heard not to overly worry about adhesions. That is such a relief. And it makes sense that everyone is different, because of the work done to them. Looking forward to hearing how your doctor responds funnyesq - the only way I've been able to stick with my doctor's orders was by having my husband bring one of our smaller beds downstairs. We have camped out in a room downstairs, but are really looking forward to my doctor's visit this week and getting released to be able to do lots more stuff.. like climbing stairs more.
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Unread 09-10-2007, 03:51 PM
Stairs and adhesions?

Doctor e-mailed me that walking and stairs don't cause adhesions. So I guess I'm okay to do stairs as long as I take it easy. I will keep 'em to a minimum and watch the "gravity" of going up and down them which seems to tug at the swelly belly.
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Unread 09-11-2007, 02:12 PM
Stairs and adhesions?

When I expressed concern about adhesions to my doctor prior to surgery he reported that there are an awful lot of theories about what causes adhesions and how to prevent them but that's all they are: theories. He said that so long as I didn't overdo anything I'd be fine, there's no guarantee I'll either get them, or not get them, based on what I do or don't do.
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Unread 09-11-2007, 02:59 PM
Stairs and adhesions?

I think there are movements that are harder than stairs (like getting out of bed). Key to stairs is slow and careful. 2 weeks post-op and I am still holding railing both up and down. I think the biggest risk is in hurting yourself from a fall.......... be careful and listen to your body is best advice I have been given.
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Unread 01-18-2008, 10:29 AM
Stairs and adhesions?

My surgeon told me it didn't matter if I took the stairs or not, but on the side of caution, I am not going to take the stairs for 2 weeks. I just had lap gallbladder surgery 2 days ago and he said that my belly was full of adhesions that he removed. My tah was in june 2007.

The funny thing is I described my pain as though my ribs were sticking to my insides. It was like I had a camera, since it turned out I was right. I wish I wasn't, but, what can you do?

Well, I am not going to worry about reoccurrence. Yesterday was so painful. Today is better. One day at a time, huh? So, I used my nano and
that was good. Reading and sleeping and walking were good too.

p.s. my friends says that when we are 90, we can laugh about this "adventure".
Good luck to all of you
- lucky744
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Unread 01-18-2008, 11:27 AM
Stairs and adhesions?

Boy, this conversation is very interesting to me. I have a large staircase (20 or so steps) from my bedroom to my kitchen. My husband took off the day of my surgery. He is unable to get more time off. Many wonderful friends have brought in nightly meals. However, if I want to eat any meal- I have to "do the stairs". I have not really found it all that difficult. My doctor had said stairs were fine. Gosh - I sure hope it does not cause adhensions. I'm 10 days post-surgery.
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