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What is the recovery time for a TAH? What is the recovery time for a TAH?

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Unread 09-24-2008, 06:24 PM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

Hi everyone,

I just got my surgery date for a TAH today but my doctor was pretty vague about recovery time. He said, "Well, it's like your c-section. You didn't have a hard time with that." Which I didn't, but I had twins who stayed in the hospital for two weeks, so I wasn't doing too much besides seeing them during the day and sleeping all night.

My sister is at the other extreme (she had a TAH two years ago) and said "You'll be out of work for six weeks!" She was out of work for six weeks but she is a nurse and has to move patients post-op. I'm either at a laptop or giving presentations, neither of which are extremely strenuous.

What is the average recovery time? I need to let my boss know how long I'll be out and if I can work from home sooner than coming back into the office.

I guess I'm not completely comfortable with having a hysterectomy yet. I understand from an intellectual perspective why this surgery will solve my health issues (anemia being the biggest problem) but I'm worried I will not feel better or I may even be worse off afterwards. I know no one can give me a guarantee on that but if I'm getting by now without a lot of problems, I feel like I could wait.
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Unread 09-24-2008, 06:41 PM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

most people that have a tah seem to need the 6 weeks or longer. sometimes it depends on if you keep your ovaries or not. theres always exceptions but its really too hard to predict.
Unread 09-24-2008, 07:00 PM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

It totally varies from person to person. Like dresseupinblue said, it's too hard to predict. I am only 10 days-post-op and feel like I could return to a desk job if I had to. I just took our dogs for a 45 minute walk around the neighborhood and feel great!!! (My husband had to hold the leashes of course.) I don't really need naps, but I do sleep a little longer at night, and take little rest-period during the day. But I feel almost normal except for the incision. I think my recovery might have been smoother than normal, but I was expecting to be completely bed-ridden for 2-weeks, and am surprised at how good I feel. (I also didn't have general anaesthesia which I think helped speed my recovery along.) It's really hard to say, the best thing to do is expect the worse, and hope for the best.
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Unread 09-24-2008, 07:09 PM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?


I get the feeling you are not sure to have this surgery or not, in which case it would be a good idea if you had a second opinion with a different doctor as to your options. this is major surgery and you should feel comfortable with your decision.

I had a SAH and I took a little over 11 weeks to recover due to complications (my incision took a long time to heal), each person is different, but if I had to tell my boss, I would say I needed 8 weeks, just to be on the safe side.

I pray for Gods guidance in your decision making
Unread 09-24-2008, 07:19 PM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

I had a TAH/BSO with a vertical incision and was out of work 5 1/2 weeks. I am a secretary at a school. I started work on Monday and when I get home at night I am completely exhausted and my tummy is burning inside and sore to touch. By morning it is better.
Anyway.....I was told in the beginning that I would be out of work from 4 to 8 weeks depending on what they needed to do inside. Also, it depends on how you are feeling...people heal/recover at their own speed.

Best of Luck
Unread 09-24-2008, 07:59 PM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

Your doctor said it was like a c section? WOW. Not the same surgery at ALL.

I am 3 1/2 months post op. Took about two and a half months to feel really good.

They do a lot with a TAH BSO, very different from a c section. Lots of stiches and lots healing to do. I am glad I had it done, but you do have to take time to heal.
Unread 09-24-2008, 08:10 PM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

I am 11 weeks out today. I had to move my go back to work date back twice, ultimately needing 6 weeks off (and could really have used a couple more). That said, my job is a houseparent at a children's shelter, 4 kids age 2 to 10, two babies, lots of cleaning, lifting, and I am on shift 24/7 for 6 days/off 3.

I just started lifting the babies at 9 weeks and had to go back to narcotic pain meds for a week... this surgery is serious business. I am feeling much better this week but still need extra TLC.

If I knew pre-surgery what I know now, I would have scheduled 8 weeks off and if I felt good enough to go back to work I still would have stayed home (and enjoyed it!)
Unread 09-24-2008, 09:07 PM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

I agree with the other ladies. Everyone is different! My dr initially said to plan on being off work at least 3 weeks and if I had a desk job maybe I could go back part time after 3 weeks. I am a flower shop owner so I am on my feet a lot! I was out 2 weeks and back in the shop after that but only because we were extremely busy! I did try to work only 1/2 time and did take a nap when I could. My dr said to listen to my body and I would know when I could do certain things. I didn't have any major complications just numerous minor ones.
Unread 09-25-2008, 04:16 AM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

I was told that I would need 6-8 weeks off and am planning on taking the maximum amount of time and then starting back part time.

Although I work at a computer for most of the day and it isn't strenuous it is still high pressured and I want to make sure that I give myself the best chance of healing properly first time both inside and out.

I would say to prepare work or the worst case scenario but hope that you can be back before then.

Unread 09-25-2008, 04:34 AM
What is the recovery time for a TAH?

Wow, I would get a second opinion. For you doctor to compare this surgery with a c-section, unbelievable! That would be way to vague for me to put faith in a doctor that will change your life forever. I had a laperodomy many years ago and it still took longer to recover than a c-section. A TAH/BSO is much more complex.

I had TAH/BSO a little over a week ago. I am an unusual case, as I have been recovering very rapidly. However, I plan to take the recommended 6-8 week recovery period and I have a desk job. Stress plays a part in your healing as well.

I wish you the best of luck and hope you go for that second opinion.

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