I am 38 years old and 2 days post-op LAVH BSO. I feel pretty good for someone who is not sure how she is supposed to feel. Being a nurse I am suprised at how well I feel physically. Can any one relate their experience with this operation. I would like to know what to possibly expect over the next few weeks. I plan on going back to work on November 14. This is just three weeks after surgery but the doc seems to think I will be able to do it. Has anyone out there had a similar experience. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Hello...I myself felt really great after my suregery. For 2 weeks I just felt tired and a little discomfort. After about the 2 weeks was when I really started to feel pain. When all the freezing was gone. I still feel numb on my belly and the top of my legs, and I'm almost 4 months post op. I wouldn't suggest running back to work though. Take advantage of the 6 weeks. I returned to work after 6 weeks (with a cracked rib-which by the way was more painful than the surgery...but that's another story), and found that I was completly worn out after a full day. Take the time to rest and catch up on some hobbies.It'll be worth it in the end.
Hi Pebbles! (By the way I like your name!) I didn't have an LAVH, I had a TVH, but there is no way I could have gone back to work at 3 weeks. It would probably be best to wait and see what your body is telling you at the 3 week point, but I will tell you that feeling good at home doing nothing is a far cry from being at work. Being a nurse you are on your feet alot, right? The initial recovery time is 6-8 weeks. I went back to work as a receptionist and medical transcriptionist in a very busy medical office and I was totally worn out after my first day. I worked 3 days my first week back and 2 my second week. Didn't go back full time till week 9 and I had a pretty uneventful recovery (except for contracting every virus that is going around). My doctor said the healing process lasts 6 months to a year.
Anyway, get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids and take advantage of your time off! You'll be grateful for it later!
I had a LAVH/BSO 3 months ago. I went back to work half time at 3 weeks and full time at 4 weeks. I teach special education, but I don't have to do any lifting. I assume that as a nurse you have some lifting to do at work. I wouldn't have been able to go back to work if there was any lifting involved. I was very careful about lifting anything over 10-15 pounds for several weeks, even though my doctor said that up to 35 pounds was okay.
When I went back to work I would come home completely exhausted! I have never felt that worn out before. No pain at all, just so very tired!
My recovery has been very uneventful. After reading some of the posts here, I thought things were going to be much worse than they were. I know everyone has different experiences, but I want to share that this surgery was the best thing I could have done. I had a few aches and twinges for a few weeks, but I didn't need any pain meds, including Tylenol after day 5 post op.
Be sure to listen to your body. Just because your doctor said that you should be able to go back to work on Nov. 14 doesn't mean that you have to. Take whatever time you need.
I had the same surgery as you and I just had my 2 week post op appt yesterday.
Doc has said it's ok for me to gradually get back into the swing of things. If I feel comfortable going back to work part time - it's ok to do so. I am going in on Saturday for a 4 hour shift. I know it will be tiring but I can nap when I get home and I'm looking forward to it as I am getting so bored of just laying around the house.