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Unread 04-29-2002, 09:19 AM
Recovery Time for LAVH

I'm scheduled for an LAVH in June. My mother is coming from out of town to help out post-op. I live by myself (if you don't count the 3 cats) so there's no one else to take care of me ... but also no one else I have to take care of.

Any idea how long I'm going to need assistance? I don't want my mother to have to stay away from her home longer than necessary. (And we might start to get on each other's nerves if the visit is too long!)

Just how much help am I going to need and for how long?

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Unread 04-29-2002, 09:25 AM
Recovery Time for LAVH

The recovery time is at least 6 weeks. Even though the external incisions are smaller, the same major healing is going on inside. My restrictions for the first 6 weeks were: no lifting, no housework of any kind, no laundry, no grocery shopping, no sex, no tub baths. I have a manual transmission car so I could not drive for 4 weeks. If I would have had an automatic transmission I could have driven in 2 weeks. If your mom can't stay the entire time do you have a co-worker, neighbor, church that could help you out a little? Just remember that dirt and dust can sit for awhile. You can order take-out food temporarily. Hope everything goes well. Get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and hang out on this site for encouragement. Take care.
Unread 04-29-2002, 11:23 AM
HI Susan

Yes, this is major surgery and it is important to remember that, even if you don't have an abdominal incision.
Several women here have taken care of themselves completely when they got home and done just fine.
That is great your mom will come out and be with you for awhile. I stayed with my mom during my recovery. It was very helpful and nice to be waited on But we did end up getting on each other's nerves a bit too.
If your Mom could be with you those first 2 weeks that would be wonderful. By that time, assuming you have taken real good care of yourself you should be able to do pretty well on your own. You could probably do okay after one week if your mom really needs to get back home. Stock up on frozen foods and canned soup etc.
Many of us are released to start driving a little at 2 weeks(yes an automatic). You can lift anything that you can easily lift with one hand. Like a small bag of groceries or take-out. You should be able to fix yourself light meals without tiring too much. And don't worry about the housework. It's not going anywhere.
It is always nice to have friends and neighbors drop in to check on you too after that. Probably more to relieve some boredom than to take care of you.
Good luck to you.
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