Hi! I had a LAVH on Aug 31. The night of Aug 2 I had emergency surgery to remove a hematoma that was growing on my bladder due to a nick to a vein near my bladder that happened during the LAVH. I was bleeding internally. SO - that 2nd surgery left me with a 6 inch bikini line incision, a drain to remove residual blood and gunk from my abdomen, and a 4 night hospital stay. Not what I expected!
I was also told the 2nd surgery was going to set me back. It did but not for as long as I thought it would. My biggest issue was anemia. I was back at work after being home for 4 weeks. It took me about 8 or 9 weeks to get over bladder and bowel spasms, and I had spotting/discharge for awhile (8 weeks).
I pretty much felt out of it for the first week at home, and then slowly felt like I returned to the land of the living. I did tire easier and was frustrated because of the incision I couldn't lift things as soon as I would have wanted too - also, walking or sitting for too long wasn't comfortable.
I'm now 3 months out and feeling for the most part like a totally new person. I still have to be very careful about lifting, walking too quickly - I will feel sore at my incision site if I do.
One of the hardest parts of recovery was being patient- there were days when I felt like I could do a lot - but the next day I felt like it was day 1 again. So take it easy, and take it slowly - listen to your body. Best of luck to you! Hugs