Fitbit Can Measure Post-Operative Recovery
Exercise measurement has become easier since the advent of Fitbit and similar tools. The hallowed amount of 10,000 steps a day is cited as an exercise aim.
Recovery from abdominal operations can be complex and sometimes difficult to measure quantitatively. The advice given is to gradually increase exercise and avoid anything strenuous . What would be more useful would be advice based on previous exercise levels.
Over the last year my average steps daily are around 15,000 with no day less than 10,000.
The day prior to my operation measured at 12,701. On the actual day of my hernia operation a mere 567 steps following general anaesthetic.
Day one was generally a slow day but 7172 steps was not too onerous. Slow steps if the truth is told. Day two was 12,172 steps and similar Day three.
Was the exercise excessive? I don’t think so. The steps were certainly made at a slower pace than normal so only give a rough estimate of exercise. Pain was not an issue for whatever reason.
So on balance by Day three I was approaching pre-operative exercise levels. Fitbit could be an option for monitoring in post-operative situations.
Good article Chris. I have seen several examples of where pharma is now incorporating tech devices like Fitbit into clinical trials too – see Novartis and Sarcopenia and rehabilitation in monitoring PT sessions for hip fracture. Recovery, avoidance of sedentary practices during recuperation…its all happening.