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  • Post Myectomy and Elliptical

    I have my myectomy surgery on the 16th of this month. If all goes well...and recovery goes as planned, how soon after the surgery can I start on the elliptical machine for cardio? I would just like to hear different experiences.
    • Diagnosed with HOCM 7/09
    • ICD implanted 8/3/09 - Mayo Clinic
    • Septal Myectomy at Mayo by Dr. Dearani on August 16th, 2012
    • I left a piece of my heart at Mayo Clinic and I am forever grateful
    • I currently take Metoprolol Tartrate 50 MG twice daily


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    Re: Post Myectomy and Elliptical

    I hate to give a canned answer, but that really all depends on how your recovery goes. I know it will be some time before you can use your arms with the eliptical machine. I didn't start running outside again until about 12 weeks post. But I had to monitor my heart rate under a certain level for a good month after that as well. I really can understand wanting to get back to your normal routine, I really do. But the first 3 months should be listening to your body. This is a procedure you really do not want to rush along. But I would ask your Dr. I thought I would be back to running sooner than 3 months because I am young and in good shape. Although that did help my recovery, it didn't get me back in my joggin routine any time sooner. Everyone is different in how the body responds.

    Wish you the best for your surgery!

    - Mike

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      Re: Post Myectomy and Elliptical

      I started cardiac rehab at 5 weeks out, and I think that was when I got back on the horse so to speak. I tried a treadmill first, and then moved up to the elliptical.
      Daughter of Father with HCM
      Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
      Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
      ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
      Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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        Re: Post Myectomy and Elliptical

        It varies. In general you shouldn't do any upper body repetitive exercise heavier than a yard stick for the first 4 to 8 weeks depending on how you are healing. In at least the first 4 weeks lower body exercises should be limited to the equal of a easy walk. Anything you do in the first month has avoid jolting your chest. After having been through recovery once I would say avoid riding as a passenger for the first few weeks in a car as much as possible.

        What they are avoiding is any significant movement of the chest will cause minor amounts of internal bleeding and an increase in drainage until the incision really starts to heal. If you were to run on a treadmill 2 weeks after your surgery, in the following 3 days blood will bubble out through the scar tissue, a doctor will have to drain it, and you will have a significant chance of infection and increased scaring. Most people are past this in less than 6 weeks usually under 4 weeks if you take care of yourself.

        And likewise cardiac rehab stage 2 starts generally in 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Before that they only want you to take easy walks 4 to 6 times a day and do very lightweight exercises.

        Before you leave St. Marys a you will have a consult on the just topic of exercise as well as they will try to arrange cardiac rehab, if they can, near your home. Do ask questions. You might even want to check with your insurance to see if they will cover cardiac rehab before your surgery.

        Also you might want to check with your primary care doctor at home, and make sure he/she is comfortable dealing with basic aftercare issues that mayo will ask your primary doctor to deal with or if you need to make other arrangements. I've had more unpleasant surprises than I liked when I returned home, I'm afraid that was one of them.
        Last edited by Kevin Casper; 08-06-2012, 04:57 PM.

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          Re: Post Myectomy and Elliptical

          Thanks very much for the responses. Our insurance does cover cardiac rehab and I will be setting that up before i leave mayo.

          I will need many prayers that I be patient and follow the docs orders. I will just take it one day at a time.

          thanks again
          • Diagnosed with HOCM 7/09
          • ICD implanted 8/3/09 - Mayo Clinic
          • Septal Myectomy at Mayo by Dr. Dearani on August 16th, 2012
          • I left a piece of my heart at Mayo Clinic and I am forever grateful
          • I currently take Metoprolol Tartrate 50 MG twice daily

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          • #6
            Re: Post Myectomy and Elliptical

            Walking will be your primary exercise for the first 4 weeks. Once I was allowed to drive I went to the gym and used the stationery bike. If your not in a regular exercise program already, then do the cardio rehab program to understand how your body now responds to exercise. Just remember that we all heal different and to go a pace that works for YOU!
            Marc
            Diagnosed @ 48
            Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
            Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
            AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
            After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
            Quietly going insane . . .

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