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Unread 01-12-2008, 07:26 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

I had a LSH and my dr cleared me for driving whenever I stopped taking the prescription pain pills. I felt comfortable driving an automatic at a week. At two and a half I drove the standard and that made me sore.
Sorry, I'm almost 4 weeks out and haven't vacuumed yet (my mother is wonderful).
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Unread 01-12-2008, 10:10 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

My dr. cleared me and I drove after a week. It was uncomfortable but I did it any way. I was restricted from vacuuming until 4 weeks, but did it at 9 weeks, along with some lifting and I'm still paying for it now - at almost 4 months post op.
I have pain in my perineum and pressure down there...yet I felt 100% after 5 weeks and was still careful up to 9 weeks.
It is really hard to know what NOT to do after you're cleared by the dr. until it is too late.
Just know that no matter what type of surgery you have LSH,LAVH, AB, etc. that the inside takes up to a year to heal. Scar tissue reforms three times over a one year period. Take your time and heal. Do gradual activity for several months to be safe. I overdid it suddenly at 9 weeks and didn't feel the effects until later.
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Unread 01-13-2008, 08:25 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

My surgeon told me that I could drive as soon as I felt no pain moving my foot from the gas pedal to the brake. I stayed with my daughter after the surgery and drove the hour home on day 5. I didn't have any discomfort or pain at all by that point.
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Unread 01-13-2008, 07:12 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

I was told no driving for 2 weeks post-op and honestly the first time I did go out when I tried to twist to put something in the back seat I thought my insides were being pulled apart. I was told no vacuuming, mopping, pushing or pulling for 4-6 weeks. My dr. said even though I was feeling fine that there was a lot of healing that needed to take place internally. I found that if I did too much I would start spotting and would get cramps so I learned to take it easy and not do too much.
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Unread 01-13-2008, 08:24 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

I drove the first time at a week- which was too soon. Started to drive regularly right around 2 weeks. No vacuuming or lifting for 6 weeks. For those of us who had the whole uterus and cervix out- the doctor had to connect all the ligaments from the uterus to each other to create a new pelvic floor. Too much lifting or pushing and that new connection will not heal correctly. This could cause a lifetime of problems or the need for more surgery.

Light stuff like dishes, folding laundry, walking are all great.

Funny to me how all our doctors say such different stuff. My doctor has been really clear it will be 6 weeks before she releases me to anything that involves lifting or bouncing. Remember you only get one chance to healP
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Unread 01-13-2008, 09:46 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

My Dr said 5 days but I waited 3 weeks because I went away for Christmas and didn't have a car. I could have driven at 1 weeksI'd say but my car is low to the ground (a honda civic) and it would have been uncomfortable to get in and out of.

I wouldn't vacuum for awhile - too easy to hurt yourself I think.
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Unread 01-14-2008, 09:11 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

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Originally Posted by Casita48
Or vacuum? I'm 7 days post op and feel fine doing dishes and some very light housework, but what about driving and vacuuming? My floors are a mess! I thought I'd try a little drive this weekend as a test.

Thanks!
Be careful I was released at 6 day check up to drive but the DR said no sweeping , mopping or extensive bending. He was quite stong about this.I did try it and it made me very sore and didn't try again till he fully released me at 5 weeks to return to my lif and work. Driving is hard also due to the fact of the seat belt. Be careful and I would call and ask .
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Unread 01-14-2008, 09:35 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

I agree with no vacuuming. My doctor said wait the six weeks. No heavy lifting more than 10 pounds for three months. It is better to be safe than sorry. Hope you get some help! M
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Unread 01-14-2008, 09:48 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

I am a week out from LAVH and I vacumed yesterday and did some driving. I go back for post op visit on Wed. Listen to your body.
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Unread 01-14-2008, 10:05 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LAVH - how many days post op did you drive?

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Originally Posted by tulip417
I agree with no vacuuming. My doctor said wait the six weeks. No heavy lifting more than 10 pounds for three months. It is better to be safe than sorry. Hope you get some help! M
My Dr released for lifting more then ten pounds as my job requires a lot of heavier lifting but he did say to make a check up at the 3 month mark and told me to listen to my body I have been wearing a safety belt and it does help.
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