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Unread 05-11-2004, 03:51 PM
returning to work

Okay,I'm only 8 days post-op and have no intention of going back to work right now, but what is a reasonable amount of time off? I'm 53, had uterus and ovary removed with bikini cut. The insurance company covering my disability has already called, and I'm sure the subject will come up...with all the questions at my one week check-up I forgot to ask that. I do sit at a dek most of the day. Thanks sisters!
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Unread 05-11-2004, 04:41 PM
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The normal recovery period for a TAH is 6 to 8 weeks. I went back to work at my desk job at 5 1/2 weeks part time and was exhausted and sore after just 4 hours. This is major surgery, and you'll need time to heal.

You should check with your doctor, as he or she knows your situation and would be the one to release you to return to work.


Unread 05-11-2004, 04:45 PM
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Hi grammy,
I am 3 weeks post-op, 52 and had laparascopic hysterectomy, uterus, ovary, cervix with stage 4 endometriosis. I have been working at home since 2 week post-op, a few hours a day at computer with breaks in between. I plan on going to work Thursday of this week for a few hours a day, don't want to overdo!! Still a little sore, but no great pain. I have a great gyno/surgeon, THE best!! I'd say use your judgment as to how much you can handle...that's the advice I got from my doc. However, no lifting or vacuuming or strenuous activity yet. Walking is great.....blood flow and oxygen help heal! Good luck!
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Unread 05-11-2004, 04:52 PM
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I am 2 weeks post-op today. I had TAH and I went back to work last week. As I am a single mother with only my income. I work for a daycare and they pretty much are letting me work as much or as little as I want. I am working 4 1/2 hours a day and am so tired and sore when I get home in the afternoon. Today when I got off I went over to dbf's house and cried on his shoulder. Then went and picked up my kids from school and went home. All I am saying is if you can afford to take the time off work enjoy it I know that I should would.

Unread 05-11-2004, 05:00 PM
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I am almost 7 weeks post op, I havent seen gyn yet, I see him friday. I have a sick note now, until I go back to gp, 24/5.He will be waiting to hear from gyn as to whether or not gyn has discharged me back into his care. All being well, I will be back in work on the next day.
I would say, reasonably speaking, that 6-8 weeks is about right, as long as you can afford it, basically. The better you are healed, the more stamina you have. Although its all up to the individual and each person's circumstances. Some sisters have no choice, finances dictate they return sooner rather than later.
I am lucky, I have not had a bad time, and my time off in Uk is paid for by my employer.
Unread 05-11-2004, 08:31 PM
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hi all
Getting a bit worried about how long it will be before I can return to work. I am 12 days post op today, everythings fine except the right side of my stomach is still very tender to touch.
I work as an AIN(Assistant in Nursing) at a high care Nursing Home.
My work is physical and full on. I was hoping to back at about the eight week mark now I am not so sure.
I am like some others it is just my income and I will be in financial hardship (broke) if I do not go back to work.
Unread 05-11-2004, 09:00 PM
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I had TAH and went back to work at 6 weeks - worked sort of part time for about two weeks and now full time. I couldn't have gone back sooner - it's 10 weeks now and by the end of the work day it's usually uncomfortable still. Can't wait to get home and to my recliner.
Unread 05-12-2004, 12:16 PM
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Today is actually my first day back to work after 12 wks post op. I was supposed to come back after 8 weeks but took extra time because I was still moving pretty slow. You have to do what's best for you.


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Unread 05-12-2004, 12:25 PM
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I went back at 5+ wks. If you can afford to be off for the whole 12 wks do it. I'm doing fine, but if it hadn't been for financial concerns I would still be home!
Unread 05-12-2004, 05:06 PM
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I thoroughly enjoy this website and have learned heaps from it over the last couple of months (had TAH on 19 April) - but I must admit I get totally confused about when best to go back to work. There seem to be total extremes from 2 weeks to 4 months, depending on where you live, insurance, employers, doctors, etc. Here in NZ most doctors advise 6 weeks, depending of course on whether you're up to it at that time.

I've told my boss and my team at work that I'll be back part-time next week (4 weeks) as I am recovering really well (I think - I'm not due to see my doctor until 6 weeks) and I figured it would be much better to ease back into it gradually than to go straight into full-time at 6 weeks. I plan just to do a couple of hours the first day, then gradually build it up, with maybe a day off mid-week to recover, then go to four hours a day the following week before going fulltime.

My job is not physical, but I spend a lot of time dealing with people and it can be quite stressful, so I plan to keep it pretty low key the first couple of weeks - not let too many people know I'm back!

Does that sound feasible? Has anyone else done something similar and it's worked/not worked? Would appreciate your feedback.

Kiwi Sister

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