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How soon after your hysterectomy were you able to care for your young children?

It could be weeks after your hysterectomy before you feel well enough to take care of a busy toddler by yourself. And it may be a full two days before you’re able to take care of him/her at all. That is a long time to be away from your little one, but it is best for both of you: you need rest, and your child needs appropriate care.

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How much time did you take off from work for your hysterectomy?

The amount of time off work you will need depends on a number of factors, including your hysterectomy type, specific job duties, commute, and overall health. The more invasive your surgery and the more physically intense your job, the more time off you will need.

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Did you have a seroma following your hysterectomy? What is a seroma? How is it treated?

A seroma is an accumulation of fluid that can occur after any kind of surgery, including a hysterectomy. It is normally a clear fluid that is leaking from damaged blood and lymphatic vessels through an incision. Small seromas may not require any treatment; they often resolve on their own. Larger seromas may require that the fluid be removed, usually with a needle. If the fluid doesn’t stop accumulating, the fluid may need to be drained multiple times, or a drain may be placed at the site.

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Did you keep a symptom diary following your hysterectomy?

There are two main reasons for keeping a symptom diary after your hysterectomy: specifics and consistency. Because our memories are faulty, we don’t always remember what our exact pain level was from week to week, or how our symptoms today actual differ from those last week. Was my headache today worse or better than the one last week?

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Did you suffer from Sciatica following your hysterectomy? What helped ease your Sciatica pain?

Sciatica (pronounced sigh-at-i-kuh) is pain from the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the back of each leg. Sciatic pain can feel like shooting or constant pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back, buttock(s), and one or more legs. The intensity of the pain can range from intermittent and mildly annoying to constant and severe.

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How did you dispose of the leftover prescriptions you had following your hysterectomy?

While donating or recycling prescription medication after your hysterectomy is a generous gesture, you’ll need to do some research on the regulations in your state. Some states allow sealed medications to be recycled, but they can only be donated from an institution. Others do allow individual donations.

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How soon following your hysterectomy did you travel on an airplane?

Your doctor is really the only one who can advise you on how long to wait before travel.

When you’re planning, keep in mind that the farther you travel, the farther you will be away from your doctor. Should post-op complications arise, you would have to see a doctor who is completely unfamiliar with your medical history

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When did you return to work following your hysterectomy?

You and your doctor are the only ones who can determine when you can return to work. The standard disability period issued by most medical providers for a hysterectomy is six weeks, but because all women heal differently, this time may vary.

A physically-fit 30-year-old with no children who had a less-invasive type of hysterectomy and works at a desk job a mile from home could likely return to work earlier than a 45-year-old raising five children who had an abdominal hysterectomy with bladder suspension, who climbs telephone poles for a living, and drives nearly an hour each way to her job.

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