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How much time off work? How much time off work?

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Unread 10-21-2009, 05:13 AM
How much time off work?

Hi - I'm 2 weeks post-op now. I went out of town for my surgery (from Greensboro NC to Atlanta GA). I had a LAVH, sacral colpopexy, paravaginal repair, and rectocele repair. My surgeon told me that 2 weeks off work was what his patients usually take. However, yesterday I went to my regular obgyn here in Greensboro, and he said that he recommends 6 weeks. That's a lot of difference!

What time off recommendations did you all receive?

Thanks,
Sheila
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Unread 10-21-2009, 06:34 AM
Re: How much time off work?

I had a RALPH and initially my docotr told me maybe 3 weeks. When I went to my post op appointment, he told me 6 weeks b/c he is afraid if I go back to work I will over do it. How do you feel? I am 11 days post op and don't think I could go back to work next week. I feel good but I get tried easily.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 06:34 AM
Re: How much time off work?

2 wks is in my opinion way to soon. I have heard 4 - 6 for the type of surgery you had. I have to be off for 8 wks, I had a TAH.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 06:51 AM
Re: How much time off work?

I would agree that 2 weeks doesn't seem like long enough. Everyone heals at a different pace and so much depends on the type of job you have. Can you sit down when you need to? Can you take breaks when you need to? Do you have the option of reduced hours or fewer days/week...ie. gradual return to work? I think you'll find most women will suggest taking at least 6-8 weeks minimum.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:16 AM
Re: How much time off work?

My doctor told me 6-8 weeks, and that he would not release me before the 6 week mark, no matter how I was feeling. I ended up being off work for 7 weeks, and it worked for the best - I feel wonderful...
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:45 AM
Re: How much time off work?

When I originally talked to my DR about surgery, she said maybe 4 weeks I could return to work because at the time I had a sit down job and could get up and move when necessary. Now I'm not working and when I went for my 2 week check, she asked me if I could wait until after the holidays were over. I told her no I needed the money, so she is gonna release me at 6 weeks unless I feel I need more time. It seems the time really varies but 6 - 8 is the norm.
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Unread 10-21-2009, 07:56 AM
How long does it take to start feeling good again?


My MD said two weeks off of work and then I could return back full time. However at three weeks out I still do not have the physical or emotional energy to return.
At my 2 week post op appointment he gave me 1-2 weeks off with a 20# lift restriction. He said I could use my judgement to return to work.
How long does it take to start feeling good again?
I want this experience to be a spiritual experience. Gaining wisdom from others and my Higher Power. Any suggestions.
Tammy B
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Unread 10-21-2009, 08:05 AM
Re: How much time off work?

Why do most MD's say 2 weeks off? My experience talking to most women that they need 6-8 weeks off. I am 3 weeks post op and I don't feel ready to go back to work. My MD gave me one more week off, but believes I should be able to return to work. I know they need me at work, butI also feel the need to take care of myself at this time. Any suggestions?
Tammy B
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Unread 10-21-2009, 08:07 AM
Re: How long does it take to start feeling good again?

[quote=Tammy B;3027061]
My MD said two weeks off of work and then I could return back full time. However at three weeks out I still do not have the physical or emotional energy to return.
At my 2 week post op appointment he gave me 1-2 weeks off with a 20# lift restriction. He said I could use my judgement to return to work.
How long does it take to start feeling good again?
I want this experience to be a spiritual experience. Gaining wisdom from others and my Higher Power. Any suggestions.
Tammy B
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Unread 10-21-2009, 08:45 AM
Re: How much time off work?

Hello Tammy B,

I am 5 wks post op and I'm not ready to go back to work. My doctor told me about 6 weeks. I'm still on a pelvic rest and no lifting until my follow up 6 wk post op appointment. Wishing you a wonderful recovery.

TAH - Kept Ovaries
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