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Traveling 3 weeks after myomectomy - plane or car? Traveling 3 weeks after myomectomy - plane or car?

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Unread 07-14-2016, 02:06 PM
Traveling 3 weeks after myomectomy - plane or car?

Hello ladies,

This is my first post and I'm freaked out! I am scheduled for a myomectomy to remove 3 fundal fibroids (13cm, 10cm and 5cm) that are making it impossible for my bladder to function correctly. Yep, you read it, I'm one of those people who has to pee every five minutes, and sometimes I pee my own pants. It's fun! Hence, surgery.

My surgery is on September 23 because that was the only time the doctor (a Johns Hopkins DaVinci fibroid specialist) had, and she told me NOT to wait at all, as my large fibroids could become too big to remove through the robot. (I am a large woman with clotting disorders, so full surgeries are straight out unless they are to save my life.) The doctor saw my MRI and says she is fully confident it can be done laparoscopically.

Problem is, I got into a weeklong learning opportunity that I've been wanting to go to for 10 years... THREE WEEKS after the surgery. It would KILL me, absolutely KILL ME, to have to give up on it. I've talked with the staff of the opportunity and they are being incredibly accommodating, even to the point where they're arranging for a special chair to be brought in so I can be comfortable, etc.

But I have to get there.

I was going to drive with two other women. The drive is a 10-hour drive and we would split it up until two five-hour days. Do you think that is possible three weeks after a DaVinci myomectomy? The doctor says it is as long as I am not on pain medicine. But what if I am?? Should I take the flight instead?? It's going to be 700 more dollars, but I know that I can arrange for wheelchairs at the airport and that the staff would come out and get me. Is flying at three weeks out better or worse than driving?

Not going is straight out. I have to go to this.

Any thoughts? Experiences? Advice?
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Unread 07-14-2016, 08:59 PM
Re: Traveling 3 weeks after myomectomy - plane or car?

While I did no have fibroids that large, I did have a myomectomy with one being in a peculiar position. In my case, I didn't have any pain medication and was told that it would only take a weekend to recover from.

What I discovered is that there is also the anesthesia fog to get over as well and that seems to last much of the following week.

Given your procedure and if you truly want to attend this event, I would be prepared to travel either way based on your comfort. The downside to that is you won't know until after the procedure itself.

I hope that helps a little.

Unread 07-15-2016, 04:32 PM
Re: Traveling 3 weeks after myomectomy - plane or car?

I am a frequent business traveler. I traveled by plane a few weeks after a DaVinci myomectomy in 2013. Just a 1.5 hr flight for a week long business trip.

I drove myself to the airport and checked my luggage, but it was really difficult to navigate the airport on both ends, even with a small roller bag and small carry on tote bag. Even if you put all your heavy stuff in your checked bag, I would recommend taking little to nothing on the plane (you can't count on people helping you) and make sure there is someone on both ends of your flight helping you with your luggage at the airport. I didn't need a wheelchair, but it's certainly a good idea to have it available in case you need it.

Frequent walking was encouraged by my doctor as part of my recovery, so I do not recommend the road trip. I think you'll be better off flying due to the short length of flight (I'm assuming it's a short flight since you mentioned it was only a 10 hr drive). I remember being miserable when I had to sit for too long. At least on a plane you can get up and walk around.

I was wiped out after my trip, but it's do-able, especially if you have a lot of assistance to avoid lifting things. Either way, be sure to have a nice soft small pillow with you - it's great to place between your belly and the seat belt. It is very common to have the infamously uncomfortable "swelly belly" for a few months after any uterus surgery.

Good luck!

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