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Travel after robotic total hysterectomy with vaginal removal? Travel after robotic total hysterectomy with vaginal removal?

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Unread 09-24-2021, 04:52 PM
Travel after robotic total hysterectomy with vaginal removal?

So I had my endometrial biopsy today and my doctor said that once the results are in next week that they’ll call me to schedule my surgery for November. I’ll be having a robotic/davinci/laparoscopic total hyst with vaginal removal of uterus and a salpingectomy (removal of tubes). She said I’ll have a 1 week follow-up and then an 8 week follow-up. My doctor is giving me 6-8 weeks to recover prior to returning to work. My parents, who live about a 2 1/2-3 hr plane ride away, have offered to let me recover at their house. I’m just curious when those who have been through this already felt they would have been up to traveling.
The airport is about an hour away (both my departure airport and arrival airport). I would pack my carry-on bag lightly to avoid lifting and have someone help to check my bag and retrieve my bag from the carousel to avoid lifting, as both tasks are pre/post-TSA. Thoughts?
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Unread 09-24-2021, 05:33 PM
Re: Travel after robotic total hyst with vaginal removal?

Hi,
I personally would not have been able to travel in the way you described until probably about week 5/6. I wasn’t able to sit upright for very long and felt that I needed to recline and elevate my feet to help with swelling and soreness. Everyone is different but I would check in with your doctor for input. It would be so nice to have your parents with you during recovery. Is there any way they could come stay with you? Good luck with your surgery!
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Unread 09-25-2021, 05:22 AM
Travel after robotic total hysterectomy with vaginal removal?


My first recommendation is to receive clearance from your surgeon, as I think most airlines would require anyways. If you are cleared, then for the car ride to the airport, I recommend using a pillow beywren your belly and the seatbelt, and taking enough time to get out and walk around for a few minutes. I also recommend that you arrive at the airport early, and let airport staff know that you've just had major surgery and that you need assistance; they'll provide you with a wheelchair, someone to carry your luggage, and priority access through all the checkpoints, right up until you're seated on the plane; be sure to ask for similar assistance at your destination and for the return flight. Also remember COVID precautions, and keep in mind that depending on your vaccination status and policies in effect at your destination, you may need to quarantine for a few days, and/or present a negative test result. Wishing you all the best for a successful surgery, a smooth recovery, and a smooth trip!
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Unread 09-25-2021, 06:58 AM
Re: Travel after robotic total hysterectomy with vaginal removal?

I agree with Tiger_eye. Airlines can provide assistance you can request in advance. Do remember flight attendants aren’t allowed to lift your luggage into the overhead bins so anything you carry on should go under the seat. I personally didn’t have trouble sitting but many do. Don’t forget (assuming you’re cleared for travel) your compression socks for the flight. And you can get products that are in-flight foot rests/lifts that will secure over the tray table. Again, assuming you get clearance. And consider getting TSA precheck if you don’t have it already, in case you need it in either direction.
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Unread 09-25-2021, 04:54 PM
Re: Travel after robotic total hysterectomy with vaginal removal?

Hi 1catshortofcrzy -

You have received wonderful advice from the other sisters. I agree that you definitely need to get clearance from your surgeon first before you make any plans. I did have a different surgery than you, but I could not have done this. Can they come to you and stay at your house?

Here is an article: Traveling after Hysterectomy | Airplanes

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Unread 09-26-2021, 08:01 PM
Re: Travel after robotic total hysterectomy with vaginal removal?

I agree with the others...get clearance from your dr. you are having your uterus and cervix removed and will have a vaginal cuff that needs to heal. you'll have restrictions that you should follow.
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Unread 09-27-2021, 04:33 AM
Re: Travel after robotic total hysterectomy with vaginal removal?

Thanks for your replies and helpful advice! I wasn't planning on traveling RIGHT after surgery, as I do have help at home and didn't think I'd be up for it, however your replies have left me feeling that I may NEVER be up for it during the recovery period. I'm glad you've offered your thoughts on this, because I likely would have assumed I'd be father along in my recovery than I may actually be. I was looking forward to maybe relaxing for a week or so in warmer weather and getting some extra walks in (since it will be COLD here in November/December), but I guess I'll just stay put and close to my Dr.

I will say that online recovery times seem to be very misleading. I see posts about DaVinci hysterectomies and they say 1-2 weeks recovery! I was thinking pushing it to 4-6 weeks was a good idea, but now I'm reading more and more posts and thinking I'll take the full 8 weeks my doctor will allow for!

Thanks for the reality check! lol
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