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Did you lose or gain weight after surgery?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,607
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Just wondering how most people did after surgery. :B I know you can't move much, but does your body use a lot for the healing process that weight gain is not an issue?


  • i have not had much of an appetite since my july 31st surgery. Lost five pounds when I weighed myself last week! I think the extra walking helps too.
    NOW, I have a virus and lost another 4 since Friday..that won't last though once I do start eating something.
  • Initally, I lost weight because my appetite was gone. However, after 2 months the pounds started adding on. They stayed there until I could become active again.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • I initially lost a bit then I gained some weight
    later on because I couldn't run anymore.

    So I think your answer is dependent on individual circumstances ya know?

    My weight gain was also to some steroid injections. THOSE caused me to put on weight, plus I developed a low thyroid which was a culprit too. LOL!

    Good news is I did find a way to get to my ideal weight again eventually ...just had to go for long slow walks instead of running and eat even healthier to compensate for my lack of ability to excercise 'in the extreme' like I was used to. :)

    Those viruses can be something aren't they dbullwinkel..dropped 10 # in a week this spring.zowee.Not a good 'weigh' to lose weight. :(

  • Lost and gained and then steroids made me gain, gain, gain and gain some more. Then lost that and now the Lyrica is helping me gain again..... or is it the chocolate that all of a sudden tastes so good? Without being able to exercise for 2 years I am amazed I haven't gained more, but then I don't feel hunger anymore. I lost that after my fusion. I don't feel full anymore either.
  • i was in halo traction for four days before my surgery. i had weights suspended from my head by two large bolts that were drilled into my head. considering i laid flat for that time 24-7 i lost about ten pounds.

    after both my surgeries i lost another ten. just no desire for food and no being active really suppressed my appetite.

    mind u i only wieghed 125 lbs. but . . .. a couple big macs and fries and that weight comes back easy. lol
  • GAINED...GAINED...GAINED! I started our at a normal weight-it may depend on if you start out over weight or under weight or normal weight-I am not sure. I was so used to being active and for several weeks I could hardly make it to the mail box and back-plus all my meals were brought to me-I had no control over what I ate. Now...11 weeks post op-I am starting to lose the weight-I still need to lose about 5 lbs to get back to my pre op weight. I am working HARD at it though-diet ans walking at least 1 hr a day -up to 2 hours a day.
  • I kinda figured :''( Just thought maybe with the body using all those stores of energy to heal, it might come out even. Planning ahead to know what to expect. I am not going until March, so may try to get a "negative" balance before then so that in case I do gain, it won't be so bad. It will be better for my back anyways with a few pounds off even though I am very close to my "ideal" weight.
  • Hi!

    I have lost 15 pounds since my surgery on August 5. The first few weeks nothing tasted good. Of course, I got my appetite back, but I have tried to maintain this loss. So far..so good. In fact I would like to lose just 4 more, but it is tricky to balance healing and dieting.

  • Hi EMTlady, good question! I lost 40 pounds in the months before surgery, (pain is a good motivator ;) ). In the hospital I barely ate but did not loose a single pound. Now since surgery 12 weeks ago I have lost 6 pounds, ever so slow. I am walking daily and doing water PT and now regular PT. I am sure without the activity I would have been putting on instead of taking off the weight. I want to loose 36 more pounds, we will see :) Sue
  • The scale says I have gained.
    I'm 5'11" 225lbs. Heaviest I have ever been in my life.
    Not sure what is going on. I have been excersizing like never before.
    Cardio training every night for 1 hour. Eating more sensibly.

    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • before surgery about 10 lbs and then right after surgery. Now I am gaining and I have no idea why! I try and walk as much as possible and I am not eating nearly as much as I did before, but I thinkthe pain meds are making me gain and hold the water. I seem "puffy" to everyone. This has just been about a week ago too! Don't know, but it better come off!! I was really hoping to lose weight with this surgery! I'm in a wedding on Nov 8th and they needed to take my dress out, rather than in on the 2nd fitting due to the swollenness!! YUCK!
    (ALIF Sept 25th)

  • I've lost 20 lbs. First I had a hysterectomy and my weight went down 10 lbs from that by the next day the thing was overgrown with tumors. Anyway then I had my back surgery and have lost another 10 lbs since that. I have to force myself to eat and eat since I do physical therapy about an hour and a half a day sometimes two hours if I go to the gym. So all of that exercise has really made my weight go down. I'm now 120 lbs at 5'7". A little on the thin side for me but not too bad. When I was in my 20's I was about 105 lbs now that was way too thin.
  • In the last 3 months I've lost 35lbs. I lost 8 since surgery, gained back 5, lost a few more, so I'm pretty much back where I was right before surgery. I also have to force myself to eat. I will go all day and forget, but it's because my Wellbutrin SR kills my appetite, and also because being on the pain meds, over time you build up a tolerance. If you take them with food in your stomach, they don't work as well. So, I end up not eating for boredom like I used to.
  • Last yrs surgery I lost nearly 30 lbs but also was able to walk more and do more activity outside and inside the home.

    Then throughout the year I gained about 15-20 back I was on a see saw...

    This years surgery I only lost 5lbs. And its still off.

    Its all going to depend on the person, activity level, meds your on etc.

    Im not one to eat while bored or stressed. So thats a big help right there.

    You hang in there !!!!!
    WALK WALK WALK if you can when your surgery is done and over with. If not walk in place in the house . Drink alot of water and if able just stay on healty foods.
    Alot of mine was from the pain meds. I just did not have a appitite.

    Now with my new surgery coming up I'm hoping to be back down where I was last year WHOOO HOOOO lol

    As you can see we are all different.

    Lots of hugs
    Terri >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
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