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Scheduling Time Off Work for Hysterectomy Recovery

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Scheduling Time off WorkHow much time should I schedule off from work for my hysterectomy recovery?


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.

A total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) is one of the most invasive types of hysterectomy. If you have this type of surgery, you will need about 6 weeks off work, more if you have a physically intense job.

A supracervical abdominal hysterectomy (SAH) is also an invasive type of hysterectomy, even though you will keep your cervix and not have a vaginal cuff. Time off work or this type of hysterectomy is also around 6 weeks.

A total vaginal hysterectomy (TVH), laparoscopic vaginal assisted hysterectomy (LAVH), and total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) are all considered minimally invasive surgeries (MIS). The complete uterus is removed with each of these hysterectomies, so a vaginal cuff will be created. For these types of hysterectomies, you will need between 4–6 weeks off work, depending on the type of job you have.

A supracervical laparoscopic hysterectomy (LSH) is a minimally invasive hysterectomy where the cervix is not removed. Depending on the type of job you have, you will need between 2–4 weeks off.

If you have a da Vinci robot assisted hysterectomy, your recovery could be shorter than for other hysterectomy types. Some doctors suggest 2 weeks is enough for this type of hysterectomy. However, many HysterSisters have found that they were not ready to return to work after only 2 weeks, and instead needed 4–6 weeks to recover.

Besides the type of hysterectomy and type of job you do, your overall health can play a role in how much time off work you will need. For instance, if you have an underlying health condition such as diabetes, you may need extended time off. On the other hand, if you are in great physical shape your doctor may release you sooner than average.

If you experience surgical complications, receive a cancer diagnosis, or have additional repairs done, you may need more time off work regardless of the type of hysterectomy. In addition, if you have an infection, wound issue, or slow healing, your doctor may extend your time off work.

To determine how much time you should take off work, talk to your doctor about your job duties, how you commute to work, any underlying health issues, and the type of hysterectomy you will have. Together you can come up with a reasonable time frame for returning to work, though you need to keep in mind that there are a lot of variables that can affect and change your recovery.


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.

04-15-2014 - 07:34 PM


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