As Jim said, a couple of months to get appetite back and start feeling pretty good. Around 5-6 months to be fully recovered.
Be very careful of weights of any kind. Unless your surgery was done laperoscoply, you have a pretty big incision. It's not that you will tear the incision, but the chance of a hernia along the incision area is very high.
Walking, walking, and walking are three very good exercises. Just about anything you lift is going to cause some amount of tension on the abdominal area and you just want to be careful.
The weight typically comes back over time, even if you didn't want it to.
Jim is right, the appetite takes a while to come back. I 'm almost 3 months post op and it took my digestive system 6 weeks to get fairly normal again. I've I can eat pretty much anything, just in smaller quantities. I'd be surprised if you get cleared to lift much, I was 7 weeks before I could. Lots of walking though - over 2 miles a day right now. Things do get better, you're at slow point right now. 2 weeks ago my wife and I traveled for the first time and right now I'm in Indianapolis watching time trials for the 500. Life will get back to normal!
Best of Luck and keep asking questions.
10 years 1 month ago - 10 years 1 month ago#32158by FarRed
I had my cystectomy and neobladder just over two weeks ago. Over the last two months, along with two TURBTs, I lost 20 of my 160 pounds. I'm struggling to get my appetite back, which I guess is a result of my body recovering from major surgery and the pain killers.
What is your experience of how long it takes for the pain to go away and appetite to return to normal? I have a followup with my doctor in two days and am hoping he say I can do some sort of exercise, maybe some light weights.
Bladder cancer diagnosed Mar, 2010.
Robotic assisted laproscopic cystoprostatectomy with Studer neo-bladder, 2010.