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Work during Hysterectomy Recovery

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Planning for your work during hysterectomy recoveryI am having a hysterectomy. What do I need to do to plan for my job?


Whether you are a homemaker or work outside the home, you’ll need to prepare your co-workers for your hysterectomy recovery time. These steps will vary for everyone, but the goal is the same: not to have to worry about anything work-related during your recovery.

As a homemaker, your family members are your "co-workers," and you know who can handle which of your tasks best. You can create a chore chart to hang on the fridge which lists the tasks you have reassigned to other family members. To feed your family during your recovery, you can cook ahead and freeze meals to help with meal planning. Prepare your home in advance to help minimize the big housecleaning chores that will need to be done. You might also consider bringing in a maid service, a local teen, friends, and family members to help out. Don’t turn down any offers of assistance! You do a lot, so let those who want to help do some of your normal chores.

If you work outside the home, you will need to talk to your supervisor, the Human Resources department, and any co-workers that you work with as a group or team. You will likely need a written note from your doctor stating the last day you will work and what your anticipated return date will be. If your company is covered by FMLA, you will need to fill out that paperwork as well, and be sure to have your surgeon’s office complete their portion. If you are covered by disability insurance, complete all of those requirements, too. It is usually the employees responsibility to get all the paperwork filled out and signed, so stay on top of it when you drop it off for signatures.

While talking to HR, be sure to ask about benefits during your time off. You may be able to use a combination of sick days and vacation time so you can be paid during your recovery. If you will be taking unpaid leave, be sure to ask how any employee paid health premiums will be paid during your time off.

You’ll want to work with your supervisor regarding what tasks need to be completed prior to your last day. Leave any files and paperwork organized so others can easily locate them during your absence.

You may have the option of working from home during your recovery. If this is an option, be sure that both you and your supervisor are clear on what you can and cannot do, and when you will try to start tasks. As long as you are using pain medications, you may not be able to think clearly enough to handle any work tasks. You'll likely tire easily during recovery as well and not be able to put in a full day even from your bed or recliner. Also, remember that if you are covered by disability insurance, you legally cannot do any work from home. That can include answering work related phone calls and emails.

As an important working member of your household or workplace, it may take a bit of planning to help make certain things go as smoothly as possible during your recovery. But with a bit of preparation on your part, you can help ensure that things go well so you can focus on recovering.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-14-2013 - 04:37 PM


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