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Unread 01-13-2008, 08:59 PM
return to work after laparoscopic hysterectomy

I had a hysterectomy/ovaries and omentum removed/sampling of diaphragm, etc, for precancerous paratubal cyst 1/4, all by laparoscope with an addition 3 inch incision below my old c-section scar. I also had surgery 12/4, via laparoscope, to remove the original cyst. My doctor originally said I could return to work 1-2 weeks post-op, but I can ask for longer and am thinking of three. I feel pretty good, but tired and some trouble sleeping and pain still. Any suggestions?
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Unread 01-13-2008, 09:35 PM
return to work after laparoscopic hysterectomy

Hi S,

Whether you stand or sit a lot at your job could impact how you feel while you're there. 2 weeks is pretty soon for everything you had done, and your best indicator is how you're feeling. if you don't think you have enough energy to do a full day of work, don't push yourself. Setbacks are no fun. This is one time in our lives we get to take it easy, maybe try a half day and see how you do - if you can't make it, don't feel bad, you're body has been through a lot!

Take it easy and be good to yourself!
Unread 01-14-2008, 01:22 AM
return to work after laparoscopic hysterectomy

S - My laparoscopic surgery was almost 6 weeks ago. Besides removal of the uterus, a cyst was removed from my ovary and some very unexpected work performed on a section of my intestine. Then the morning after the surgery I had to have a blood transfusion. I had 3 laparo incisions plus 2 additional 2"-3" incisions.
So many sources told me I'd be back to work in a week--my boss had a friend who only took a week, a replay I watched of the webcast of an online lap surgery interviewed a woman who said the same thing...and so forth, that when I wasn't released after my initial follow up 12 days after the surgery, I felt there was something wrong w/me. I ended up taking 3 full weeks and bowed to pressure to return to work half days before the doctor released me. If I had to do it all over again, I'd take 4 because when I ended up taking so long to recup, my boss expected me to immediately hit the ground running as she assumed I should have been back earlier & therefore should be very well with the additional time. I wasn't really experiencing much pain then but was still experiencing tiredness. The other surprising thing to me was that it took even longer for me to get my brain back. I found I was feeling like I was in a fog. That part is better now but I did run myself down very quickly working long hours and am paying for it.
K. gave good advice to consider whether work involves sitting or standing but I wanted to add to also consider the impact bosses or coworkers will have on you or your workload. They can add a lot of stress too. And to also remember it's not just the physical surgery...anesthesia can have lingering effects on some people too.

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