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Unread 06-02-2006, 11:37 AM
Returning To Work

My LAVH is scheduled for June 7th, I will be having my cervix and ovaries removed also as my mum died from ovarian cancer (didn't know she had it til she went for her hystrectomy, so I am really scared about the whole procedure), so I was interested to know when would it seem likely that I will be able to go back to work. My bosses have told me to take all the time I need as they would rather me be healthy first. My doctor said some patients have gone back in 2 to 4 weeks...isn't this too soon? I thought 6 weeks the same as my friends. I would be interested to see what the thoughts were.
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Unread 06-02-2006, 12:03 PM
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Well everyone is different. It depends on what you do at work and what type of hyst. I had a TAH. For me I am taking 10 weeks off. I have a physically demanding job. So it really depends on you and how you are feeling and what you can do post-op. Definately don't rush going back...you only have one time to heal right. Best wishes to you an your surgery next week.
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Unread 06-02-2006, 01:25 PM
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I have a desk job, but I am taking at least 6 weeks off. The dr. seems to be OK with 4-6 weeks, but is letting me kind of have some input there. I think we'll just see how I feel at 6 weeks-- if I need a couple more weeks, I'm sure she will support that and write the note for me. I am not trying to take advantage of my employer, but I've been there almost 10 years and taken very few sick days, so I want to be able to heal completely before I come back to face the stresses of managing employees and coping with customers, etc. Believe me, if I feel great in 4 weeks, I'll talk to my dr. about letting me go back early, but like they say here, you only have one chance to heal correctly! Pamper the Princess.
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Unread 06-02-2006, 02:25 PM
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Dr could have cleared me after 4 weeks, but I asked for 6. I have to travel an hour to get to work, and the work itself is high stress. Everyone I have spoken with has encougaged me to take more than 4 weeks, so I finally listened.
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Unread 06-02-2006, 03:21 PM
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I'm a nurse in a physician's office and I could have sworn my GYN told me that I could return to a desk job in two weeks after an abdominal hyst...Is he yanking my chain?
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Unread 06-02-2006, 05:45 PM
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I had LAVH also. My Dr. said 4 weeks minimum and 6 would be better. He was spang on...I went back part time at 4 weeks, and I could do it (I have a desk job), but I would have been much more ready at 6 weeks. Sitting (in a straight chair, or an office chair) was actually the last thing I was comfortable doing. Walking, stairs and general activity I could do quite well...but not sitting. It was really only at about 8 weeks that I realized I wasn't having any abdominal discomfort at all any more... I'm at 10 weeks now and pretty much back to normal activity, so I don't think I was particularly slow in my recovery. If you can take 6 weeks, I'd say, do it!
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Unread 06-03-2006, 09:40 AM
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thanks for all you thoughts on the subject. I am not going to push myself and just see how I feel. Its great that I found this board, it helps alot
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