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The Pagg stack help prevent muscle breakdown but is also a anticoagulant so check with surgion before resuming but stop before surgery for the same reason.
recovery is quicker if you give your body everything it needs and that means a possibility of overeating other foods and possible weight gain. weight gain should reduce the ammount of muscle waistage though so don't be too hung up about this!
The quicker you recover, the quicker you can get back to training but its down to what you put as your main priority. I would choose recovery over weight gain and get back on my regime asap.
If you can still work your legs and abdomen then this will help maintain the hormone environment you need for muscle maintainance. quads, glutes, and the rest of your posterior chain cause growth hormone and testosterone to be released when worked.
Eat. A lot!
Can you exercise any muscle group whatsoever? I was going to suggest a toned down version of occam's where you exercise one muscle, to failure, twice a week but i'm not sure if this is an option for you......
Otherwise, perhaps some supplements that increase glut4 activity on muscles might be good? See the chapter on PAGG. Also possibly creatine, and maybe some others from the leangains supplement list.
Hope this helps
I wasn't allowed to lift weights for a month, but the surgeon gave me the thumbs up for riding a bike as soon as I felt up to it. My surgery was abdominal, and probably I pushed the limits of what she considered normal bike riding, but at least if you keep your butt on the seat instead of standing up it's not so much stress on the stomach.
Talk to the surgeon about any supplements you're taking. Mine made me go off everything a week or so before surgery. Some things like fish oil are good for your heart because they keep your blood thin - but that's exactly what they don't need during an operation.
Side note - I REALLY wish someone had warned me to buy dresses before the surgery. I had stitches at three different heights on my stomach, so there was no kind of pants (low waist, medium rise, momjeans) that I could wear that didn't rub on them. I ended up going to salvation army and buying a couple dresses to get me through the week. But even putting on pants and trying on clothes there with the stitches sucked.