4 days post surgery

Had my PM surgery on Thursday Sept 12, 2019. Even though I had trouble with bleeding, lead placement , and new medication (Cardizem), I was able to go to Zumba class today, Sept 16! During surgery, they had trouble stopping the bleeding, but finally got it under control, then the doctor didn’t like the placement of the leads and had to do it over, before they had closed. I have SSD, bradycardia-tachycardia and dr put me on Cardizem, which didn’t agree with me, dropped my BP to 80/40, so they will try something else. Otherwise, I’m feeling fine! Glad to have it behind me. 


5 Comments

Did you doctor approve of Zumba after 4 days?

by MartyP - 2019-09-16 17:58:19

If s/he didn't or you didn't ask if it was OK, then you know what I would say.

Post surgery

by Ddefalco326 - 2019-09-16 18:16:35

Dr said I could do anything with the rest of my body as long as I didn’t raise my left arm overhead or overstretch! 

One of our most knowelegable people wrote in another similar question

by MartyP - 2019-09-16 18:44:25

4 weeks

by Tracey_E - 2019-09-16 09:56:11

Ask ten doctors, get ten answers but I don't think any of them would restrict running after 4 weeks. My doc said to not get sweaty for 4 weeks due to infection risk, he wanted the incision fully healed. Nothing about running is going to affect your leads. If you are weight lifting or doing something with vigorous arm movements like swimming or golf, 6-8 weeks is better. If you feel ready to run at 4 weeks and your doctor said it's ok, trust your doctor that it's ok.

For me, I always look to Tracy and some of the other long time members / experts for answers to my questions.

My two-cents worth

by TreLL65 - 2019-09-17 16:52:46

I was shocked and semi-envious that you got to do Zumba 4 days post-op, especially considering your procedure complications.  I just got a generator replacement Fri, 9/13, and I got lectured by the nurse for taking an outside walk 2 days later...not because of any strenuousness, but because of the sweating factor (VERY humid where I live).  I'm no dummy, I didn't work hard enough to sweat around the incision. :-)  I've had doctors who wanted the surgical area kept dry for only three days to this new doctor that wants it kept dry for 10 to 14 days.  Sigh, 14 days of no good exercise...I'll be a pillsbury dough boy for the family wedding two days after that!

That said, I play tennis, and in 20+ years I have never been given permission by any of my doctors to resume playing in less than 2 weeks post-op, closer to 4 weeks.  That would be for a simple generator change.  When leads are added, the time gets extended to 6 weeks to give the leads time to anchor in.  But, then I'm fully dependent, so they're extra careful with me.

Regardless of the doctor restrictions, at 4 days post-op, my surgical site doesn't feel up to all that jouncing around, even with a really good bra (sorry if that embarrassess anyone).

I lean toward the feelings of others here, that your doctor gave you questionable advice, or didn't realize you planned to do zumba.  But, if he knew and OK'd you, then that's between you and him.  It doesn't seem to have done you any harm. :-)

Thanks for the concern

by Ddefalco326 - 2019-09-18 13:30:02

As I stated, it is Zumba Gold, no high impact, no jumping, no sweating, or at least I didn’t work up a sweat! I would never do anything without asking dr first. I’ve had enough go wrong in the past and I have a family to take care of. I specifically asked the dr about resuming Zumba.  I was extremely careful not to raise my left arm or reach forward. My issues were with the reaction to Cardizem, which I stopped prior to Zumba.  I have chronic pain from a previous accident, so the incision site pain was minimal compared to what I deal with daily. 

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