This is a very individual situation; depending much on what type of surgery you're having. I had a vag hyst on a Tuesday morning, and was home Wednesday around lunch time. I had no pain to speak of, but did take my darvocett just to keep on top of anything. I just felt a bit sore or 'tight' thru my mid section. I took my time; let my family wait on me at first, and didn't sweep, mop, mow or lift anything for at least 2 weeks. I was able to climb the stairs to my bedroom the first night I was home. I think my recovery was exceptional, tho.
Best advice; follow your dr's orders - you only have one chance to heal right!
Best of luck to you (your surgery's on my b-day!)
As campsalot said -- it varies for each person.
It depends on the type of hyst. you have.
It depends on how your body recovers.
It depends on whether you have other repairs or not.
It depends on how much help you have so you don't overdo things.
It depends on what you count as "healed".... completely healed can take up to a year. Healed enough to return to work and normal activities is about 2 months generally.
Unfortunately no one can tell you for sure.
The 1st two weeks were the worse for me also. I return to work Jan 2nd 2007. I also followed orders and took it easy. I feel really great. But as everyone has said it is all individual. I really believe in taking care of yourself, pamper the princess, and it will help alot.
i think we'll all agree that it depends on any complications afterward (even minor ones like a UTI can add a few days to your recovery time). for me, i think the biggest thing is the type of surgery. i had a TAH with a vertical incision due to my tumor size and the recovery was worse than 3 previous c-sections i had that were bikini cuts! every week brings so much more improvement though. i'm at 7 1/2 weeks, i'm returning to work on Thursday, had sex last week, and rode a bike today! still get tired and sore, but nothing i can't handle. from what i hear, it's 6-12 months until we feel 100%. but i'm happy with the 90% that i feel i'm at right now!
I am three months out and still have abdominal pain if I overdo things. I feel pretty normal as long as i dont do much. I dont know if the pain is due to the hematoma as its impossible to know. When they say 6 - 12 months before you feel 'normal' I think that is probably true - at least I hope so. The first 3 weeks were the worst for me. After that it was not so bad but nothing like being normal. Sorry I know that is not what you want to hear but that has been my personal experience. Do I regret it? - No becasue I dont think I had any choice. Was it worse than I expected? - Yes.
I am on day 9 since my TAH and today is the first day I feel really good. It was worse than I expected, but not surprisingly so. Definitely take all the help you can get. Be prepared for things like bad gas pains which hurt worse than the incision! I also felt nauseated for a couple of days. Turning and getting up and down is not as bad as you think, coughing and blowing your nose is kinda tough, though. I hope you have a wonderful recovery - follow orders and you will be fine! Best of luck!