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Two weeks post-op ~ when can I lift heavier things? Two weeks post-op ~ when can I lift heavier things?

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Unread 02-07-2008, 07:56 PM
Jaidcon

Hi....this is my first post & I have never used a message board before...hope I don't mess this up!
I am so sorry about all you are going through...I have been using fibre plus along with stool softners & that has helped, hope it will for you.

I had my TAH ( both ovaries gone) on Jan 21, along with a birch ( bladder) repair. I haven't been given any info about recovery, so I am so glad to find this site & see that most of what I am going through seemes to be normal.

Does anyone know when I can lift heavier things? Before my TAH my dr said after 2 weeks, but I can't even walk upright, or bend, and the pain is still so intense, I don't think so!
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Unread 02-07-2008, 09:24 PM
Two weeks post-op ~ when can I lift heavier things?

My doc said nothing over 5 lb for 4 to 6 weeks but I think each doc have their own schedule...and depends on the patient. Your surgery date allows you on this post op and the one Im on..which is the 21-28



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Originally Posted by Jaidcon
Hi....this is my first post & I have never used a message board before...hope I don't mess this up!
I am so sorry about all you are going through...I have been using fibre plus along with stool softners & that has helped, hope it will for you.

I had my TAH ( both ovaries gone) on Jan 21, along with a birch ( bladder) repair. I haven't been given any info about recovery, so I am so glad to find this site & see that most of what I am going through seemes to be normal.

Does anyone know when I can lift heavier things? Before my TAH my dr said after 2 weeks, but I can't even walk upright, or bend, and the pain is still so intense, I don't think so!
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Unread 02-08-2008, 07:15 AM
Two weeks post-op ~ when can I lift heavier things?

jaidcon

My doctor said 6 weeks before I could lift anything over 10 lbs. She advised that if I did lift anything heavier before then I risk getting a hernia.

Take it easy and get others to do your lifting.
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Unread 02-08-2008, 10:41 AM
Two weeks post-op ~ when can I lift heavier things?

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jaidcon

My doctor said 6 weeks before I could lift anything over 10 lbs.

Take it easy and get others to do your lifting.
My doctor said the same thing at my appointment (which was 18 days post-op). As a matter of fact - she kept saying, no lifting. Did I mention no lifting? It was funny because I was thinking that lifting anything must be really bad.

I have been good about it though. She actually told me not to lift a gallon of milk - so we started buying 1/2 gallons.

She told me that we would revisit the lifting at my next appointment with is another 2 weeks away.
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Unread 02-08-2008, 02:40 PM
Two weeks post-op ~ when can I lift heavier things?

My doc said nothing over a half gallon until I am released at my four week check-up. I had a TVH with no repairs, so I think you should probably follow even stricter guidelines. The TAH is a longer recovery from what I have read. The risk of not healing properly isn't worth rushing into activities, even though I'm terribly bored.
Good luck on your recovery!!
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Unread 02-08-2008, 08:00 PM
Two weeks post-op ~ when can I lift heavier things?

Hi Jaidcon,

My Dr. also said no lifting after surgery...for 6 weeks. I was also put on lifting restrictions of 20 pounds for the rest of my life. Not sure why, age maybe..??



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Unread 02-09-2008, 08:10 AM
Thanks..and a few other questions

Thanks for all the replies...I have some other questions, if that's okay?! What is swelly belly? When ( generally) does the incision pain stop? Part of the reason that I had my TAH plus ovaries out is because I started having anaphyllatic life-threatening reactions to my own hormones......weird, eh? Sorry for all the questions, my dr said he doesn't need to see me until 6 weeks post-op, and I really didn't think it would be this painful for this long.

Thanks for redirecting my post and all the help, this is so great.
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Unread 02-09-2008, 08:48 AM
Two weeks post-op ~ when can I lift heavier things?

Jaidcon

Don't worry about the questions ~ ask away!

A hysterectomy is major surgery, with the vital initial healing taking approximately 6 weeks, and full recovery then takes anything from 3 months to a year.

If you haven't done so already, it will help you to check out our <link> Post-Op Information Page which is packed with information for your recovery. You'll see links there to articles about "Swelly Belly", "Pain" and many, many more. You'll also see links to our "Checkpoints" which will give you a general idea of what to expect throughout your initial 6 weeks of recovery.

Sending all good wishes your way!

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