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Unread 03-25-2008, 09:50 AM
Return to work after how long for you

Transobturator bladder sling. It is like the TVT (tension free) but is inserted lower into the groin about level with the clitoris. It is a piece of mesh thread though the obturator passage and under the urethra and bladder and lifts things back up. It is not tied to anything but rather relies on scar tissue to form over the mesh which in turn give the support. Surgeon says the scar tissue starts to form immediately after surgery and at about six weeks that all the scar tissue that will be there is about complete. Not really extra weight lifting restrictions just have to be careful not to get too constipated during recovery...keep pelvic floor pressure to a minimum.

I immediatly felt the difference when I woke up, things felt like it sat better, higher. I had 2nd grade cystocele (bladder prolapse)leading to stress incontinance.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 01:56 PM
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wow, that is something, I am glad you can already feel the difference . what a pain in the a**. haha thanks for sharing of info, there are so many different procedures that i am seeing on this board. i never knew some of these problems exhisted.
Unread 03-25-2008, 02:06 PM
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i was told 6 weeks after TVH, and i think that was good for me
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Unread 03-25-2008, 02:20 PM
Return to work after how long for you

I returned to work after 3 weeks off. I also primarily sit at desk and work on the computer with periods of standing in one spot and general running around. The people I work with were very understanding of my general lack of ambition, so that was very helpful. The first few days back were tough, but not impossible ( Day 24 and 25 post-op). After that I noticed a definite increase in strength, stamina, and decreased pain each day. Everyone thought 3 weeks was not enough time to recover prior to returning to work, but my docs and nurses had no problem with it. I also felt that returning to my normal routine as much as possible really helped me recover faster. I am at 5 weeks post-op not and am amazed at the improvement over the last two weeks. In my opinion, you will know when you are physically ready to go back to work. If you are dreading it due to continued pain, don't go back. If you feel like you're strong enough to do the bare minimum at work and need a change of scenary to help you move on, it's time to go back to work.
Unread 03-25-2008, 02:33 PM
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I had a LAVH/BSO on 01/31 and returned back to work on 2/25, I have a desk job but in a very fast paced office. It hurt to sit too long and I was tired by noon! I think that I went back to work full time too soon. I highly recommend starting out part time!!! Listen to your body and don't overdo it!
Unread 03-25-2008, 03:17 PM
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I had a TAH on 2-19-08, and was told to anticipate 6 weeks off. I go for my follow-up and a look inside tomorrow a.m. I haven't lifted anything greater than 10 lbs since week three (before that was told no heavier than a gallon of milk, 8 lbs.). Since I am an ICU nurse, I'm a bit concerned about going back so soon, and having to move comatose 250-lb. patients around in bed!! Also, I still get soooo tired! I walk each day, and have done some cooking and light housework, but it wipes me out! A usual workday is 12 hours, but my manager is okay with me sharing a shift. That would put me at a 6 hour day, plus a 30 minute drive either way to and from....yikes!! Anybody else felt like this? Am I being lazy and too fragile?
Unread 03-25-2008, 03:53 PM
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Sore44-I know how you feel. I am an ICU nurse, too, but I work at a very small hospital and sharing shifts is not an option. I am only at the 3 week point, but I am very concerned about my return to work. My doctor says I can take up to 8 weeks if I need to, but being a single mother I'm not sure I can afford to. (I am thankful for short term disability, but it is less than regular pay)
Unread 03-25-2008, 03:58 PM
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I had a subtotal lap hyst, which is a little less recovery time than TLH, but it was still 4-1/2 hours in surgery, anesthesia, pain meds in recovery room, etc. So that probably counts as major surgery.

To be honest, by the end of the 2nd week I was bored and really felt like I could go back to work. But I'm very glad I took the advice of friends and stayed home the whole 4 weeks.

Once the lap incisions heal a bit, you start feeling almost normal and there's great temptation to do too much too soon. That may be why lots of us have hit the wall in week 3 or 4 after we started getting back to regular activities. (You're feeling pretty good, you get more active, and then all of sudden you realize you're tired and sore.)

Anyway, I wish you a speedy recovery (!!) but everyone is different and heals at their own pace.

My advice would be plan to take as much time as you can without stressing yourself out, just so you keep all your options open.

That way, if you want, you can always go back earlier than expected and astound them with your rapid recovery. But it's much harder to get extra time once the initial sympathy wears off.
Unread 03-25-2008, 05:30 PM
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I have scheduled to return in 2 weeks for a total of 4 weeks off now. I'll be on disability pay for 3 weeks of it which is 60% of pay. I look at it this way I am paying for my time off by giving up 40% so I'll even take longer than 4 weeks if I have to. I learned my lesson early with over doing it the last 2 weeks. I worked from home for 3 hours today, nothing excruciaing, mainly communicating with colleages. I sat the whole time, but I can feel the difference from when I started. I am a little more sore from this morning. I must have been leaning forward in my chair putting pressure on the ab area. Another lesson learned. Today was the first day the sharp pain went away, now I can feel it again. Not as bad as before but I woke it up. So bottom line 4 weeks off. I and not now and do not think i will get bored. I still have tons good magazines I have not have time to read. I only had a chance to go through about 5 of them in 2 weeks. I have a ton of things to research on the net. Some phone calls to make. I am actually enjoying staying home. I love it, but not the pain and uncertainty I experienced in week 1 and 2. That's starting to go away now so it's recovery full throttle !!!!!
Unread 03-27-2008, 12:28 PM
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I'm on week 5 and will go back to work full time next week. I am kinda nervous about the sitting for long periods and exacerbating the swelling, but I think its time to go back. I'm going to call my boss and explain that I'm really not sure how well I will do with the sitting for the first week or two. I might be up wandering around a lot to relieve pressure.

I'm also a bit nervous about my stamina levels, I'm usualy a fairly high energy person at work, what if I just get super tired and want to go home and sleep. I've been a total insomniac after surgery, worse than normal so that's a big concern for me.

All my coworkers and boss have been very supportive and understanding so I'm not worried about perceptions as much as my own expectations of myself.

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