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Unread 03-17-2006, 07:49 PM
My surgery - supracervical hysterectomy

I had a LSH (I had 4 small incisions on my abdomen) about 3 1/2 weeks ago. Yes, my dr. said that it is possible to go back to work after a week and some of his patients do, but to be prepared mostly for a lot of fatigue that 2nd week. He was right about that. I work from home so my recovery has been easier than others. This type of surgery does allow for a speedier recovery and it has been for me (I'm no spring chicken either--I'm almost 47).

Because you feel better a lot sooner, you can be fooled that you are totally healed. You still have to take care of yourself and rest when you can and NOT lift anything heavy. My dr. released me after a week that I could lift anything that didn't hurt me. I forgot the other day (I've self-imposed a 15 lb. weight limit) and lifted a heavy bundle of wood. I figured it weighed about 20 lbs. or so and I felt a twinge of pain right away. I spent the rest of the day laying on the couch resting. I was a little achey for a while, but I'm grateful I didn't have any permanent damage.

Your best bet is to listen to your body and your doctor. I'm sure you'll figure out the best timeline for your recovery!
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Unread 03-18-2006, 07:30 PM
My surgery - supracervical hysterectomy

I had a LSH outpatient, I went back to work in two weeks. I started driving after one and could have gone back to work but it was nice to have the second week off. I don't remember sleeping well the first week because it was a little uncomfortable to lie down. I also have a desk job, I would not want to do any lifting after one week.
The recovery wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Best of luck to you.
Unread 03-22-2006, 01:19 PM
My surgery - supracervical hysterectomy

I'm 47 and I had a LSH over 3 months ago. I checked into the hospital at 5:30 AM, was in surgery about 2 hours, and was allowed to go home after I got my bladder working at about 7:00 PM. I had a 2 hour drive home, and did fine. (I stayed over the night before and a local motel gave me a discount price.) I was off of work 7 days (total 10 day recovery time) although I did lay down for a rest every day after work once I got home for several weeks.

I never really had a problem with pain after the surgery, but am still having some trouble with my bowels (but then I had problems before surgery too - just thought it was a large fibroid to blame) and swell belly and/or water retension.

My advice to all of you ladies is to take it easy and listen to your bodies and rest when it tells you it needs it.
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Unread 06-11-2006, 02:05 AM
LSH Surgery SCheduled for June 16

I too am scheduled for this surgery and am starved for information about how long the recovery is. My doctor said my surgery would be 3 hours long and not to lift anything greater than 5 lbs for 6 weeks. I had heard this surgery was faster recovery than the others - sure doesn't sound like it.

I am also recovering from a broken foot (feb 20) - I was told to get some Ted stockings for circulatory problems. Does anyone have any experience with this.

I feel like I have been sleeping on the couch for so long because of my foot and now I read some comments here and it seems like I'm going to be sleeping on the couch for a lot longer. Urghhhhhh.

On one hand I can hardly wait for the surgery but on the other I'm scared to death of complications and/or recovery. On a lighter note, I went to the dentist the other day so at least I have cleen teeth - that's got to count for something.

Even though the recovery doesn't sound the best, I'm grateful for your experiences. BTW thanks for all the Smilies - they do make the messages interesting to read.

Cheers, Kelly
Unread 06-12-2006, 02:36 PM
Almost 6 mo. post-op.

Are you having laproscopic surgery? It generally does require less restrictions and recovery than an abdominal. I echo everything that has been said, especially:

Rest when your body tells you.

I did only miss 7 days of work, but still have some days of fatigue and swell belly. Usually when I have tried to do too much. Complete recovery does take a lot of time, just know that it's okay.

Stay ahead of the pain. Get some help with meals and housework. Make the couch your friend for a while longer.

Sorry, can't tell you anything about the stockings.

Wishing the best for you!

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