I was allowed to lift 15-20 pounds at about 8 weeks post-op. The initial recovery period is typically 6-8 weeks but it can take many, many months to be completely healed. If you are experiencing new pain or discomfort you should call your doctor. It's always best to be on the safe side.
Hi, I'm going into my 7th week post-op. Had a LSH so only had tiny little incisions and was released for all normal activity after a week, but I'm still very afraid to lift anything heavier than a gallon water or milk container. I get internal twinges if I start lifting too much. I think it's going to be many, many months before I feel comfortable lifting.
I have wondered the same thing. I'm 3 weeks post-op, vaginal repairs (no incision) and a few times I have lifted our dog, who is 15 lb.
I wonder if this is a no-no?
It doesn't hurt when I lift him, but I am experiencing a few more aches/twinges etc. this week.
Lifting was my dr's biggest concern! He told me absolutely no lifting anything heavier then 10 lbs for 12 weeks! He won't budge on that restriction at all. He said when you lift to much it pulls things inside and can have internal bleeding.
I am 7 months post op and about 1 month ago I decided to change by bedroom around. Now I am scheduled for rectocele repair in July. My doctor specifically asked if I had moved anything heavy. It honestly never occurred to me to not move the furniture. I have had a great uneventful recovery and now this! So my answer to your question is:
DON'T PUSH, PULL OR LIFT ANYTHING HEAVY FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR!!!
Believe me, I will not do ANYTHING after this surgery that might cause another surgery. I am not going to mop, sweep, vaccum, mow the lawn, haul dirt or move furniture for a long, long time.
That really worries me! I am single and live alone. I am having someone take care of my lawn for about a month after my TAH. After that I will be on my own. My lawn mower has a pull start and is not self propelled. I really cannot afford to hire this done. I have a really small (postage stamp!!) yard. Is this going to be a major problem?
I am 6 months post op. While visiting my gp last week I mentioned that I was still sore so he took a look and said "it looks like a hernia to me" Isn't that special? I have no idea what I did that caused that. After my 6 week checkup the gyn said no snow skiing yet but didn't give me any lifting restrictions. I don't know what they think normal activities are. I will be visiting a surgeon soon.
Did your dotor clear you to return to all normal activities? And did s/he give you any idea about how heavier work and lifting might affect your particular condition? These are very individualized things, so maybe it might be worth a call to your doc.
That being said, remember, you had a large operation. It can take months on end to really get back to "normal," whatever that might be. Listen to your body and try to building up your muscles very gradually. They've been through a lot, so they won't feel really well for a long time in many cases.