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Do This - Not That: Returning to Work After Hysterectomy

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I am returning to work after my hysterectomy, what can I do to make things go better?I am returning to work after my hysterectomy, what can I do to make things go better?

Returning to work after your hysterectomy can be a bit of a challenge. Though physically you may be feeling well at home, there could still be some healing going on that leaves you more tired and with less stamina. A hysterectomy, hormones, medications, and the change of pace following a hysterectomy also affect you mentally.

Because your mind and body have just undergone a surgery and may have gotten accustomed to a different schedule for several weeks, it may take a bit of time to readjust to your previous work schedule. Besides talking to your supervisor and co-workers, there are several dos and don’ts you can follow to help you adjust as you return to work.

  • Don’t underestimate how tired you might get for the first few weeks.
  • Don’t take on extra projects–at home or work–right now.
  • Don’t wear high heels or pumps until you’ve been back to work awhile.
  • Don’t forget to eat healthy meals and snacks.
  • Don’t stay up late.
  • Don’t skip breakfast.
  • Don’t forget water after hysterectomy is important.
  • Don’t forget walking after hysterectomy is important to get up as frequently as possible.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  • Don’t be discouraged.
Slow and steady wins the race. You only have to take it one day at a time, so try to plan ahead and be prepared to adjust your schedule for the fatigue, tenderness, and swelling that may hamper your ability to do your job well. In time, your stamina should return so you will be the efficient and effective employee you were before your hysterectomy, but you'll need to be patient with yourself for a while.

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.

08-26-2014 - 01:49 PM


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