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Unread 03-30-2009, 04:23 PM
Returning back to work after hysterectomy

Okay I had a hysterectomy with the Da vinci on March 9 2009. They removed my uterus and my right ovary. I am starting the 4th week of recovery and I am supposed to go back to work on April 7. My job requires so much lifting that I am afraid it will cause problems. I lift on an average of 4000 lbs in a day 5 days a week. I read an article that women who have a regular hysterectomy need 6 weeks before doing any of these things. It also said that if a woman has a vaginal hysterectomy and they do a lot of lifting that they should take the 6 weeks so there is no chance of vaginal vault prolapse. I go back to my Dr. on the 6th and I am going to seriously have him reconsider. Has anyone had any problems like this?
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Unread 03-30-2009, 04:35 PM
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You seriously lift 4000 lbs (two tons) a day??? Do you use equipment???? Like a fork lift???? or are you exaggerating (like I often do)????

I sit at a desk, I lift paper and water bottles (my own) and answer phones and drive around and look at property (I manage income property) and at 6 weeks, I couldn't work more than 3 hours in a row without lying down on the floor and putting my feet up on the sofa and taking a 30 minute "rest" (thank God I have an office with a small sofa in it, and a door that I can close so the rest of the folks here don't have to stare at me).

If I had your job, I would ask for all the time off I could get, and then some. Good luck to you. Mindy
Unread 03-30-2009, 04:46 PM
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your dr will probably sign you out for longer if he feels you shouldnt be lifting so soon. good luck!
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Unread 03-30-2009, 05:36 PM
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No Im not exaggerating. I work in a factory. When I have to put my base in at the beginning of the day, there are 70 bags @33.75 lbs each. Then I have 50 lb boxes of yeast, 55 lb bags of dry milk and i handle these things all day for 8 hrs. It is a very strenious job. Thats what scares me. I had a thermal ablation in 2007 and was off work for 3 days. There were no problems but this is a more serious surgery.

Thanks for the input though
Unread 03-30-2009, 06:13 PM
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Since you have such a physically challenging job, I would hope your Dr would sign you off for a few more weeks. Gah! I do no lifting at all being a dental asst and I was still completely exhausted after work when I went back after 6 wks. Just bending over too much can make my insides start aching and pinching me and I'm 12 wks today.
Unread 03-30-2009, 06:37 PM
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Yea I hope if its gonna hurt me in any way he will keep me off. I had 5 incisions and they are healed up except one and it opened up today. Im just not crazy about all of this. I will keep you posted. It is awesome to have someone to talk to this stuff about, my husband dont have a clue. Bless his heart he tries though.
Unread 03-30-2009, 09:46 PM
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I had a TVH on 3/2/09 and my doctor has insisted 6 weeks of no lifting more than 10lbs. I work as a para educator(teaching assistant) for our school district and my job is 99% in the office but I am still not able to go back to work until the 14th when I have all restrictions lifted. I definitely would talk to your doctor, I know mine would say stay home longer.

Hope this helps
Amy TVH 3/2/09
fibroids, endo, and severe and anemia
no more 21 day periods Yeah!!
Unread 03-31-2009, 06:10 AM
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You are right, it might be a little too soon to resume that amount of heavy lifting! Does your employer have another position you can be put in to for awhile without taking a pay cut? If not, I would talk to your about writing you an extension on your leave.

Good luck, let us know how it goes!

Unread 03-31-2009, 06:14 AM
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Unfortunately at my job you have to be abe to return to work with NO restrictions when it is something that did not happen at work.
Unread 03-31-2009, 08:21 AM
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I had to return to work with NO restritions as well. My Dr. let me stay home for 8 weeks. After the 1st long week back I was tired.....slept like a LOG!!!

Hope your Dr. reconsiders, because that is WAY to much Physical Activity in my opionion!! GOOD LUCK!!!

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