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9 days post-hysterectomy - how long to recover? 9 days post-hysterectomy - how long to recover?

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Unread 09-14-2021, 05:39 AM
9 days post-hysterectomy - how long to recover?

How long did it take you to fully recover? Dr told me 12-16 weeks because of TAH, ugh! Sooooo, long, lol. I'm just soo freaking bored!! Thankyou
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Unread 09-14-2021, 04:56 PM
Re: From NH!! anyone else?? Dec 2019


My surgery was Nov 2018 for LAVH. I was out of work for 4.5 weeks, went back PT to desk job and then on remaining restrictions until 8 weeks. I waited 2 weeks before I started back on a few things. I remembering I had to keep reminding myself that it was major surgery as I honestly Felt better then I did before surgery. It is a test in patience! But one you learn quickly if you push and do too much. As I got bored o would plan something little to do each day. So I had something. Clean out a junk drawer in the kitchen, get a jump on holiday cards. Plan a lunch out with friends. But also remember to have rest days in between where all you might do is take a shower and binge watch movies all day. I will tell you that end of day fatigue stayed with me the longest.

Wish you the best. Glad you found us here. Also beside your recovery thread. Check out the library of articles here, there are tons to keep you busy.
Unread 09-15-2021, 12:55 PM
Re: 9 days post-hysterectomy - how long to recover?

FULLY recovered? About 6 months. I was back up to my pre-op fitness level, my hormones had finally settled down, I wasn’t dealing with swelly belly anymore, the fatigue had mostly relented, I wasn’t experiencing numbness or tenderness during sex, I wasn’t experiencing random nerve zingers anymore, I felt really, really good.

Initially, post-op, by week 4 started feeling better. I still had restrictions, which I followed. I was still experiencing discharge occasional nerve zingers, serious pelvic pressure, sore breasts, bladder spasms and I still needed more sleep and rest than I was used to - but I was back on campus and attending classes, I was cooking (something I love,) I had my last “this recovery is taking forever!” Breakdown the week before, and I felt better every day thereafter. By week 8, when o was released, I mistakenly thought I’d be back to normal. I was not. Symptoms lessened and things were improving daily - but it was a long recovery.

Hang in there!
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Unread 09-16-2021, 04:16 AM
9 days post-hysterectomy - how long to recover?

I'm an avid knitter, so while I was taking time to recover from my surgery, and more recently when my region was under a Stay At Home order because of the pandemic, I'd spend a lot of time on that, with yarn ordered online; I also enjoyed working on adult colouring books, and searching my phone's app store for new games and puzzles. To best cabin fever, I'd be sure to go out for a daily walk, which was permitted under the order; during the first few weeks of my recovery, I could only go a few blocks and then I'd be heading home for a nap, but I was able to increase my distance gradually as my recovery progressed. Now, coming up on 6 1/2 years post-op, the time I spent on my recovery seems like a minor blip on my radar, as I'm hoping it will for you. Wishing you all the best for continued health and healing!
Unread 09-16-2021, 06:37 AM
Re: 9 days post-hysterectomy - how long to recover?

and welcome! I know you've posted in reply to others, but it doesn't appear you've had an official welcome yet.

I agree that full recovery takes months. At 9 days, you're still in the early stages of initial recovery. It helps to understand what went on during surgery. You not only had organs removed, but blood vessels and ligaments severed, connective tissue cut, nerves and muscles stretched. Whatever was bleeding was stitched or cauterized. This definitely not a bounce-back recovery like getting over a bad case of the flu.

I had laparoscopic surgery, kept my cervix, and although I was released earlier than most, it wasn't until 8 weeks that I began resuming some of my more active pre-op activities. Still, I'd deal with rounds of cramping, swelling (last time at 5 months) and fatigue (last time at 7 months). More recently, in March, I had emergency open abdominal surgery for intestinal blockage. Nothing was removed or resectioned, but again, 7 weeks before I even attempted to do more than walking. Just like with my hysterectomy, I'd be revisited by swelling and annoying twinges for weeks beyond. Last night... part of my incision was itching like crazy! It's been 6 months.

You might find these resources helpful in knowing what to expect during these first 6 weeks:I'd also like to invite you to connect with your Recovery Thread for women who had surgery the same week as you at Recovery Progress Reports for Aug 30-Sep 05. Recovery Threads are wonderful for getting support, comparing notes, encouraging others, and keeping one another company.

As for boredom, this is the time to nurture yourself - scrapbooking, teaching yourself a new craft, catching up on organizing photos (prints or digital), read to heart's content... binge-watch that Netflix series . I went through 2 years' worth of magazines and cut out some great recipes, along with fitness routines and tips which I couldn't do right away . Embrace the down time and enjoy it - we get it so seldom.

Unread 09-23-2021, 11:37 AM
Re: 9 days post-hysterectomy - how long to recover?

I was back at work in 6 weeks, but obviously no lifting, or anything else that would stress that area. My hysterectomy was in October, so I binge-watched Halloween movies. Near the end, I put up the Christmas tree. Also did some reading, tried out some new recipes. I had a pretty uneventful recovery, almost no pain at all after the first few days, but the bloating, for me, lasted several months. I would say about four months later I was back to doing everything I had been doing before, feeling better than ever without the three week periods!

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