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Unread 02-01-2008, 07:14 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

Can anyone tell me about their recovery time from this procedure?

When were you cleared to:


I think my doctor is pushing me a little so I am just curious...

I was cleared to lift at 2.5 weeks. He placed no restrictions but I asked that I get a work release that states it anyway. He obliged.

I was cleared to drive at 1 week.

I was cleared to work half-days at 2 weeks.

I will be clear to have sex at 4 weeks but I am not going to attempt it until 5 weeks.

Am I just being a baby or is he being too pushy? I still feel this is a major ordeal but he feels like it will be whatever after a month...
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Unread 02-01-2008, 11:16 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

I was told by my doctor:

2 weeks can return to work no driving for 2 weeks
3 weeks (due to stitches needed in my cervix) after follow up appt should be cleared for sex, exercise and anyting else I want to do.

Nurse at Hospital told me no vacuum, moping, heavy lifting ( more than a gallon of milk), or gym for 6 to 8 weeks and to listen to the doctor concerning sex. When I asked the nurse why is she telling me something different than the doctor. She told me she had the same procedure and she regreted listening to the doctor on the quick recovery stories. She said what she was telling me was her suggestion from experience. We walked out of the room my DH told me he wanted me to following what the nurse said, who had been through this before!

Everyone heals different I am going to take it day by day. I have decided to wait on the gym, mopping and vacuuming for at least 6 weeks.

Maybe some other ladies can let us know how it went for them because I too am confused.
Unread 02-01-2008, 11:33 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

Hello Hysterscared35:

I also had the LSH on 12/28/07. I am 5 weeks post-op today. My stomach is still very tender to touch and I do still have a hematoma under the left incision that is continuing to shrink, that has really been a set back. I actually started driving 1 week after LSH. I went for a two week post-op appt. and he told me I could return to work (if you work) but to still not lift anything for six weeks. I actually had sex at four weeks and everything worked fine and it was not even painful like I thought it would be. The only thing that was uncomfortable was the pressure on my stomach, because I was on the bottom (sorry if this is too much information). I actually started vacumming and mopping my floors at about 4 weeks. I am almost back to all my normal routines and activities. But I can still tell I am not back to my 100%. I tire very easily and still need rest and I am ready to go to bed by 7:00 p.m. and if I do too much I do experience alot of cramping and back pain. I still take Anaprox occasionally for the cramping. But I have a 2 and 6 year old so I have not got to really relax and rest like I should have after my surgery. My jeans still hurt my stomach to wear so I still am wearing comfy clothes. I feel like I have gained weight because the jeans feel tighter but the scales actually say I have lost 5 lbs. Hopefully the tenderness and soreness will go away soon. It was nice not having my period this month though. So, I think all in all everything will be worth it. My doctor also told me that it does take 6 months to a year for you to really tell a difference. So hang in there. I feel really good somedays and tend to over do it and the next day I feel like crap. I think my DH is tired of listening to me say how tired I feel because that seems to be the major issue right now.

Have a blessed day!!!!!!!!!!

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Unread 02-01-2008, 11:39 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

By the way if you do decide to mop and be very careful because the next day I was very sore. I only mopped and vacuumed the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. I will probably get to DH to vacuum this week-end for me. You could imagine what the floors looked like with my 2 and 6 year old. It was about to kill me so I gave in and cleaned them.
Unread 02-01-2008, 12:53 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

i was cleared for driving immediately as long as i wasnt taking pain meds (which i didnt once i came home), gym, running and sex at 2 weeks, work whenever i felt up to it since i sat at a desk (went back a few days after the surgery). lifting...cleared at two weeks but was told no heavy lifting at the gym for a little bit.
basically, within a two week period, i was cleared for everything. i felt fine so i had no problems doing so.
Unread 02-01-2008, 03:59 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

I was cleared for lifting and gym at 2 weeks, basically my surgeon told me to listen to my body and not to expect pre-op stamina for sure. She told me no sex till 8 weeks and since my job is high stress, on my feet and 14 hour days; 4-6 weeks. Driving was when I was comfortable and off would let me drive until the day I took my mom back to the airport! I live alone so I kinda had to do everything when she left (post op day9) tired and stiff is my baseline it seems!
Unread 02-01-2008, 05:50 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

I was cleared at two weeks for everything. I essentially was driving, etc. on the 4th day, I think. Apparently everybody heals very differently. I did start spotting at the 2.5 week mark, and felt a little "heavy" in the pelvis. That went on for about 10 days. After that I felt normal again (actually much better than pre-surgery!)
All the best!
Unread 02-01-2008, 06:58 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

Hi hysterscared35!

I just had my six-week post-op yesterday, and it was such a breeze. I was actually cleared for all activities except for heavy lifting and vacuuming at 2 weeks. I was driving, returned to work, and even cleared for sex at 2 weeks. I haven't felt rushed at all.

Unread 02-01-2008, 07:54 PM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

My main concern is the lifting. It just does not seem right that I should have no restrictions at just 2 weeks, even now at 3 weeks...I am going to go on the side of caution and wait until at least 6 weeks to vaccuum and lift heavy things.
Unread 02-02-2008, 11:49 AM
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: LSH Recovery Questions

Hi Becky
The bottom line is you need to listen to your body - if it hurts don't do it! Regardless of the surgical approach your insides are healing, generally the lifting and vacuuming are hard on muscular incisions therefore those with large incisions can have problems...I have resumed almost everything but in moderation...I use the sweeper vac not the big one...I went back to the gym but no weights yet - you know...progress forward at a reasonable pace...take care of yourself! The weird part is I had a 12 inch vertical abd incision after a car accident 10 years ago and I was back to work and driving in under 2 weeks - this time around I am having more discomfort (back pain) and fatigue and I had laproscope!! the rules are generalizations - you are the boss of your body!!

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