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Unread 06-17-2007, 03:43 PM

How long until I can vacuum? Why can you resume driving but not vacuuming?
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Unread 06-17-2007, 03:47 PM

I'm 5 weeks post op and have yet to vacuum. I'm going to put it off as long as I can get away with it! LOL
I know with vacuuming it's alot of pushing and pulling of your ab's etc.
Unread 06-17-2007, 05:47 PM

vacuuming requires too much core strength and can cause internal stitches tearing, etc.

i "can" drive but i don't because even at 3 weeks, 2 days out, it's still painful to my upper abs when i'm behind the wheel and even moreso later that day.
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Unread 06-17-2007, 06:41 PM

Thanks for the info. Yes, I have driven with a pillow on my stomach to protect from the seatbelt. I am 6 weeks TAH/BSO and am soooo ready to be normal again.
Unread 06-18-2007, 07:12 AM

I was told at my one week post-op I could vacuum, but waited another 2 weeks and only did a bit at a time. Drives me insane how I read some ladies with the exact same procedure are given totally different restrictions than me. Does my doc think I am superwoman?
Unread 06-18-2007, 07:17 AM

Wow! Have you been doing it? How is your pain level and does it feel like anything is straining? I am about 6 1/2 weeks and go back this week for follow up, but a week ago doctor told me o.k. to drive but no vacuuming.
Unread 06-18-2007, 07:44 AM

I did some vacuuming but not much. Like 1 and 1/2 rooms. Then again, I've had virtually no help here at all so it all falls on me. And it looks like I'm paying for it now as I've started bleeding again (NOT spotting), back ache, pain down my leg. I'm pretty close to just giving up hope. I thought I was doing well, guess I was wrong.
Unread 06-18-2007, 08:01 AM

Wow, mrs0323, that seems so early to be vacuuming, but as you said, each doctor is different! I was given instructions of no vacuuming or sweeping for 6-8 weeks (although I have been guilty of very mild sweeping), and no driving for 2 weeks. I am now 4 weeks post-op and I have yet to drive. Just being a passenger in the car, with my trusted pillow, has been enough for me. Can't imagine having to put on the brake quickly...owwwie. Thankfully my DH and DS have been doing the heavier housecleaning and driving, although I am sure they are getting sick of it by now.

Unread 06-18-2007, 08:08 AM

My GYN said NO vacuuming for at least 6-8 weeks. I heard also that vacuuming stresses all the muscles that have been stitched internally. Driving for me is ok, but I get very tired later and the swelly belly. I would err on the side of caution with that one.
Unread 06-18-2007, 08:46 AM

I am 5 weeks or a little over and I started running the vac this week...I started out very small to see if it felt like it pulled and it didn't. I don't do it every day but at least once a week I take my *turn*. I started driving 4 weeks pre op and actually do better driving then as a passenger, my tummy don't bounce as much holding on to the wheel, but I still am doing only small trips, nothing major and we don't have major traffic here where I live either. I seem to do okay, I am doing everything slow and easy..

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