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My surgery is on 7/23 and I am getting the house clean and in order, but did not think about where I was going to sleep. Downstairs I have a couch and a couchbed. I was wondering if anyone climbed stairs after surgery. My doctor appointment is not until the 7/19. Thanks so much and take care, Karen
Hi! I had my hyst on 6/20 and I suggest you get the couch bed ready! My doctor said NO stairs for the first week and then to just go up and down once a day for the next 2 weeks! I am now at 3 weeks and I still try not going up the stairs more than once a day. Every doctor is different though and yours might say something different. Take care and take it slow after surgery it really does help recovery!!
I had a TAH on 7/5/01 and came home on 7/7/01. We have a 3 level home and our bedrooms are on the upper level. My doctor said I could do the stairs -- in moderation. So at first I went up/down one step at a time very slowly. It's good exercise for your legs, but be careful. Needless to say, once I got on a level, I pretty much stayed there for a long time, so I tried to be either all the way up or down because that's where the bathrooms are!
I guess my best advice is to listen to your body and take it very easy at first until you get your strength back. At 10 days post-op I'm doing pretty well on the stairs, but still taking them slowly and always hold on to the railing for support and safety.
Thanks so much for your posts. I am cleaning and organizing today so your answers helps me out alot. I am going to put a queen size airmatress on the couchbed to make it more comfortable. Thanks again, and take care, Karen
I had a TAH on June 27. I had no restrictions on the stairs and I used them the first day home. I can say that I flew up those stairs like they were nothing, theeennnnn, the pain medication wore off and the stairs were not quite so easy. The stairs do help with the gas, I think, so be wise and things carefully. JP
I had TAH/BSO 7 weeks ago and had to use stairs to get to my apt 3 days post op (no elevator). I had a young male friend help me get home - just in case I needed a boost <--didn't need one but one never knows how one feels until you try...
I did buy a metal sectional cane (comes folded up in a plastic case and has a bungee cord inside that connects it together). I used it to get leverage out of bed/futon and to get up/down the stairs and out of cars. I live by myself and found having a cane to be very helpful when I didn't want to use my abdominals to move (cost about $20.00 and got it at a local Walmart).