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Unread 04-03-2008, 08:07 AM
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Wow... all my GYN told me was no gym or work for at least 6-8 weeks!
I had Abdominal hyst with a mini tummy-tuck, cannot use the abdominal muscles at all, she insisted.

Nothing else was mentioned, no driving/bending/lifting/hosework restrictions, NOTHING. I have learned what NOT to do from this site!
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Unread 04-03-2008, 09:34 AM
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Great question. I was told no driving for 2 weeks. No sex for at least 6 weeks. I took the stairs a lot the first two weeks, and then was told I should have limited it to two trips a day (hope that didn't cause damage). I'm four weeks out today, and the last week have been doing some bending. I do notice it is causing some discomfort, and will probably knock that off. My mom had a "grabber" (a device that helps you pick things up off the floor) that's been invaluable for me to use.

Don't you wonder what causes the variation in what docs recommend? I was told no bath for 2 weeks. I know many others were told 4-6 weeks. Hmmm....Anyway I had a TAH March 6th. Thanks for the question. Interesting responses.
Unread 04-03-2008, 01:34 PM
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Lotsofquestions - I Think the variations in what the docs tell the patient's has to do with the medical training they have had. Each medical school or medical training facility has its own method of training the physicians, and their guidelines regarding preop and postop instructions differ. It also has to do with the patient's condition during recovery in the hospital i.e. the amount of medication the patient needs for pain pain control, side effects from anesthesia, as well as the patient's own unique way of responding to the trauma of surgery itself.

Example: My mother and I both had VH for the same reasons. Fibroids and polyps. We had it done at the same Women's Hospital. But because she was slower to bounce back after surgery (maybe due to age) than I was, her hospital stay was 3 days, and mine 2. She needed the entire 6 to 8 weeks to fully recover to the point she could drive without having some sort of pain. I, on the other hand, started to bounce back after surgery almost immediately with very little pain and NO swelly belly. I was able to drive by day 4, still without pain, and off pain meds except for Ibuprofen that I stopped myself on day 5. Now 1 week and 2 days out, I feel better than ever, with the exception of fatigue.

Me personally, believes the principle of "Listening to your body" and using plain old "Commn sense".
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Unread 04-03-2008, 02:29 PM
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Now that is how I feel. China, we had our VH on the same day and I am without pain for the most part and the only exception is fatigue(which I hate because I'm always on the go). I was only in the hospital 1 day, just overnight and was sent home. I wasn't sure if it was just me or what but now I feel better knowing someone is getting along just as well as I am.
Unread 04-03-2008, 02:35 PM
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I have learned from the posts of women who had surgery the same week as me that there is quite a variety in healing time, and that for the most part that range is a common occurance. Some people heal very quickly (even from TAH). I remember a woman who was doing some pretty vigorous walking in week two (with a TAH).

Anyway, you are right. There are also a fare share of women in week 4 experiencing complications and significant fatigue.

Still, find the variance in doctor's orders interesting. I'm guessing the same would be true for other procedures....just not familiar with that. Thanks all.
Unread 04-03-2008, 03:53 PM
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All I was told was no lifting for 4 weeks, nothing in the vagina for 6 weeks, take it easy. I have been up and around since the end of the first week, really, pretty much pain free at this point. I probably lift more than I should, but I try not to...I bend with my knees when I have to. Have not done any vacuuming and only have carried clothes upstairs from the laundry, haven't carried any wet laundry or anything like that. I have probably been a bit more active than I "should" be...
Unread 04-03-2008, 07:33 PM
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drive - DR said 2 weeks But I had to drive myself to DR office at 1.5 weeks. I was fine driving. It was just walking that I could not do !

have sex -- 6 weeks. But she did clear me to go to Costa Rica for 10 days after 2 weeks post op. She said just dont have sex. Yea right. I wont see an active vacation for about 4 months.
bend -- Never mentioned this along with about 100 other things.

stop taking medication for pain (only take 600mg of motrin or advil every 6-8 hours if needed). -- No mention of this. But I was told not to take motrin. I stopped dilauted on day 4 because I was doing things I shouldnt have been because I could not feel the pain. So now I take them at around 4 pm because of the end of day swelly belly

start doing normal things like lifting things...etc... -- 28 days. That's 5 days from now and I cant even stay up for more than 1.5 hours without my incisions enflaming and swelly belly kicks in full throttle.

Did not mention laughing is a big problem. I have to hold my stomach down with both hands when I laugh or even better use a pillow and press hard on tum while laughing. Speaking of... gotta go. I am watching The Office and need both hands when laugh.
Unread 04-03-2008, 07:41 PM
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Laughing is a problem for me too it's like everything is being shaken loose on the inside.
Unread 04-03-2008, 08:25 PM
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Sneezing is an issue! I sneeze and whatever is where my uterus used to be hurts. Oh, yeah.....not to mention the absent perineum and surrounding stitches......sneezing makes them SCREAM!!!!!!

Oh....not to be gross (like that matters anymore) but sadly I'm bleeding again. ::::sigh:::: Doc said it's kinda a good thing 'cause it means the tissue is alive. Okay.....didn't I have a hysterectomy so I would NOT bleed anymore. Oh, well.....I'm going to keep packing the wound like she said then I'll see her next Wednesday and we'll see what she says.

I swear I'm going to be anemic forever!
Unread 04-04-2008, 07:07 AM
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DeniseS - I'm soooo sorry you are having such a time with the pain and the bleeding. I'm sincerely keeping you and all other Sisters in my prayers for fast recoveries and cessation of pain. We are ALL such STRONG women. We will get through it, each of us at different paces, but it will end. Thank GOD we have the support of each other on this board. I think it is wonderful that women all accross the country, who have never met, and probably never will, can reach out and support one another in this common situation.

Chick77 - I'm grateful that I had a VH instead of an LAH or TAH. The surgery itself is less invasive, recovery is much faster and not nearly as painful. Having all the layers of your abdomen cut and restitched back together is extremely painful I'm sure. We (and other who have had VH or TVH) are very fortunate that we were able to have this type of hysterectomy. I pray that my daughter never has to experience this. However, if she does, I hope that she has just as quick of a surgery and recovery as I am having, and I hope that this board or another like it is available to her.

I sending all Sisters a cyper {{{HUG}}} and wishing today be less painful, less tiring, and overall a much easier today. God Bless!

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