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Gaining weight after surgery



  • Depending on the type of surgery you have along with the medications you take, fluid retention is not uncommon.  When they operate, usually you get swelling in that area.  Swelling is fluid retention (for a good reason in this case).  As your swelling goes down, your weight probably will as well.  As Ron said, certain nerve meds and steroids will cause some weight gain for most people.

    I wouldn't stress out about it.  Once you start getting to rehab, you'll drop the weight pretty fast.  I weighed 194 the day of surgery and when I went back to work without restrictions I was down to 170.


    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Update: I'm about 6 weeks out of surgery now and I'm doing pretty great. I still have slight nerve pain down my right leg but I only feel it if I stretch a certain way. I have been doing lots of walking, my appetite has certainly increased with that. I have gained a total of 10 pounds since surgery. I'm trying to go the opposite direction and continue to lose weight as I am overweight. Watching my eating habits has been very hard especially since I'm doing so great now everyone wants to see me (usually involves going out to eat). I missed all the summer fun from being layed up in bed so I feel like I need to try and cram it all in before it gets cold out. My biggest frustration though is not being able to work out like I used to. I know I'll get there some day but right now walking is just not cutting it. I have to be super strict on my diet now because I can't compensate going over on calories by doing a hard exercise. Ugh... The struggles of being overweight and loving food

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  • This thread uplifts me for some reason knowing that I am not the only one having the same situation. Anyways, my suggestion would be that you need to be more active? Limit the amount of food also.

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