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Unread 02-15-2005, 04:16 PM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?

Hi everyone

I have been reading almost everyday and it seems like there isn't to many out there that has had a TVH. MOst seem to have TAH. My surgery was Jan 31, 2005. I had a TVH-BSO and I am doing very good.

I just got back from DR for 2 week checkup and am healing very well. My problem is DR wants me to stay home rest of week and start back to work 1/2 days the following. Some of the lady friends that have had this done seem to think that I should be back to work already. I did try to go today for 1/2 day and got really tried and stomache started to hurt. It seems everyone has the idea that if you didn't have an incesion you should be up and around quickly. Before surgery when I asked people were saying Laparoscopic is a breeze. Up in no time. DR reminded me that it is the same surgery just not being cut open. DId alot of work to get things out.

Just wondering if anyone else is feeling like this? Kinda feeling bummed out. Thanks

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Unread 02-15-2005, 04:47 PM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?

Hi Barb,

I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. I had the TVH and some repairs done and would never have been able to go to work at 3 weeks or even 4. You have had one of your internal organs removed. You have internal stitches that are healing just as the abdominal surgeries do. Like your dr said, it is the same surgery, except for the outside incision. Your body has been through a major surgery and needs time to heal and recover. This is also true for needing to regain your strength and work back into a routine, even at home, not to mention adding back in your job outside of responsibilities at home.

Please listen to your body and decide if you are ready for this. You can call your dr and explain that you don't feel ready. The ladies at work are not correct in their expectations. If someone there was fortunate to have an exceptional recovery, then she should count herself blessed, but she shouldn't put any expectations on you to have the same experience as her. We are all different in the rate we heal and the condition we were in physically before we had surgery. There are so many factors that come to play in determining our own personal healing time. We didn't all have the exact same surgery experience.

I hope you can take charge of your own recovery and not let yourself feel pressured to meet anyone else's expectations.
No wonder you feel kind of bummed out. Please give yourself a break. I experienced some of those comments too, but quickly set them straight. You are very early post op and are entitled to your recovery time. Let us know how you do and if you need more moral support on this just holler. There are a lot of us.

's, Rita
Unread 02-15-2005, 04:58 PM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?

Hello Barb,

I also had a TVH on December 29th.

I have noticed that most have the TAH, and I am not sure why.

I was not able to keep either of my ovaries. I have recovered well from surgery, and it has been 7 weeks. I still get very tired in the afternoon and experience pain if I over do it.

I think that you should take it easy and not go back to work until you are ready. Everyone is different, and I am sure that you will hear a lot of different stories. Trust yourself, you will know what is right.

I have good days and bad days, when I have a bad day, I usually get comments like: I thought you said you felt better. People just don't understand. I usually just say, I did yesterday.
And of course it makes me mad, because they don't understand.

Good luck,
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Unread 02-15-2005, 05:15 PM
Please take precaution

I am 5 wks post op with a TVH with bladder, rectal, and enterocele (sm bowel) repairs, had endo, aden, two fibroids..don't know if I am leaving anything out or not, but believe I am in prolapse now and have had complications. PLEASE take care of yourself. After a couple of setbacks, I thought I was doing much better and either overdid or it just happened that everything feels like it is ready to fall out again as of last Friday. This can happen to you even if you have not had all of the repairs I did. I don't mean to scare you, but I wish someone had stared me in the eyes at nosepoint and shook my shoulders so that every word would sink in. BE CAREFUL. I have been all over the website for advice. Even if you are feeling okay, that does not mean you are ready to go back to work. Maybe you are a slow healer or maybe your friends were just fast healers. I don't know! Just take care of yourself. Going to bed and for pain med. Sincerely, BT
Unread 02-15-2005, 05:49 PM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?

Hi there! Another TVH sister here (kept ovaries), and I have to agree with what the other ladies have said. Every recovery is as individual as the person going through it. But one thing is universal: you CAN'T rush this, or you will set yourself back even further and end up with more down time to heal the damage.

I just crossed the six-week mark, and returned to work today with my doc's permission. I was there for a grand total of three hours, including a half-hour commute both ways. I was SO happy to get back and see everyone, but I am sore and verrry soon as dinner is eaten, I'm heading for bed. Ahh...

Just my two cents...hope it helps. PLEASE stand up for yourself and your well-being. I've noticed that if we don't do that, NO ONE else will!

Happy healing, keep in touch with your sisters! We get what you're going through.

s from Amoreena
Unread 02-15-2005, 05:57 PM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?

I was back doing volunteer work half days when I was 3 days post-op. I have felt really good with the exception of an infection which had nothing to do with the amount I worked. I would say that I "took it easy" for about 5 days and then went back to life as usual. However, I have a very high threshold of pain and my doc said I should do whatever I was comfortable doing. So......listen to what your body tells you!

Love and blessings,
Angie K.
Unread 02-15-2005, 06:35 PM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?


I too was wondering how come there are not many TVH.

Please do not rush back to work. Your health is worth more than any job. Listen to your body. You will know when its time to return to work and resume your other activities.

Good Luck

56yrs, prolapsed uterus, bladder in double sling, vivelle dot .05
Unread 02-15-2005, 08:50 PM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?

Hi Barb,
I too just had a TVH including bladder repair with sling and rectocele repair on 1/31/05. I cannot imagine going back to work at this point. I have been told to plan for 6 wks off doing more acitivity by 4 wks. Just the emotional exhaustion as well as physical I know would prevent me at this time from being able to go back to work. Listen to your body and don't rush it!
Blessings to you, Debbie
Unread 02-15-2005, 10:01 PM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?


I just finished saying to my husband that I wished there were more postings about TVHs. I am 2 weeks today and go back to see my Dr. tomorrow for the 2 week checkup. I don't know how I feel. I am a mess. Most of the day I feel alright, although I have this "heavy" feeling in my tummy. Sort of like if I had a maternity belt, I would feel better.
I am very emotional, too. I had a tubal ligation last year so I don't think it is because of the end of that era. I don't know, it feels that life is going on around me and I need it to stop until I am right again. Make sense?
I have a year and half year old who is so good, but busy. I am cleared to drive, but am concerned about getting him in and out of car/stroller. Does anyone remember when lifting after a tvh is okay? I am going to ask tomorrow. We are supposed to be at Walt Disney World in less than three weeks.
I just want to feel like myself again.

Have a good night.
Unread 02-16-2005, 01:17 AM
Need to talk about TVH any others out there?

i had a tvh/a-p repair 1.5 yrs ago. I had a no driving/no lifting restriction for 2 weeks. after that it was do as you please as long as it doesnt hurt.
one year ago i had the monarc hammock placed--basically same restrictions.
go with what your Dr tells you as he/she is the ONLY ONE who can give you sound medical advice.
not all procedures are done the same which in turn allows for different restrictions post-op. for example my dr used a cauterizing tool during my procedure which allowed for alot less internal suturing-not the "100's of internal sutures" some women on here have mentioned. the suturing is the thing that Dr's dont want being pulled apart. Also with the abdominal surgeries, with the fascia being cut through and the abdominal muscles being stretched, this could lead to a hernia should the patient get back to "normal activities" too early and pop/pull the sutures.
So, do as YOUR Dr INSTRUCTS you to do, not as what anyone else THINKS you should be doing.
stay well

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