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Unread 10-21-2008, 12:47 PM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

I saw my gyn today to work out some pain management re: my adenomyosis.
My surgery is in Feb and I asked my gyn today about recovery and he said to expect anywhere from 8-10-12 weeks! I expected 6-8 weeks, but I was a little shocked I have to say.
Is that fairly normal? I haven't learned the abbreviations here yet but I will be having an abdominal hyst.
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Unread 10-21-2008, 01:57 PM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

I had a TAH (abdominal, kept ovaries). I took 7 weeks off work. I assumed I would have a Dr appt at the 6 week point and didn't want to have to reschedule around that. I return to work November 3rd. I just had my final check up and we decided on a 15 lb weight limit for at least the first 2 weeks back to work. So that puts me at least 9 weeks before I'm clear to really go back to before surgery.

Is he saying you will need 12 weeks off work or just possibly 12 weeks to really get back in the swing of things? To me, the 12 weeks to get back into the swing of things does not sound too out of line.

Unread 10-21-2008, 02:00 PM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

I asked specifically about going back to work. I work in an office and sit behind a computer all.day.long. LOL It's pretty sedentary.
I guess I just wasn't expecting the possibility of 10-12 weeks, ya know?
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Unread 10-21-2008, 02:34 PM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

That does seem like a long time. I have learned by reading this forum, that doctor opinions vary greatly. Some say no driving for 2 weeks. Others say 3 or even 6 weeks. The lifting limits, stairs, baths/showers, work, are so varied it's really incredible to me.

I will say that sitting is my least comfortable position. I am much better off standing, or reclining somewhat, than I am sitting at my desk.

Unread 10-21-2008, 02:44 PM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

Hi Raisin Bran

I think your Dr may just be being very realistic in a way.

I was told 6-8 weeks. I had 8 weeks off, went back part time (mornings only) from home last week and was OK, just a bit tired. This week I tried one day in the office leaving home at 10 and work at 3 to avoid the traffic and I was exhausted and sore - sitting at my desk is way different to sitting at my Dining Table. Today I stayed home and worked from 8.30 to 4pm before I started getting sore.

So maybe it will be 12 weeks before I am fully back doing my usual stressful 8 hour days plus 3 hours in traffic..... Wish they had warned me properly & thank goodness I have a very understanding employer & fantastic colleagues who are covering for me.

Unread 10-22-2008, 08:47 AM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

Wow. My employer will be very accommodating, I am just concerned about not have 12 weeks of leave time built up, ya know?
Unread 10-22-2008, 09:40 AM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

It's going to depend on your body too! I had an LAVH/BSO and was back to work in less than 2 weeks. I am NOT the "norm" but, I was fine and my desk job is not demanding.
Unread 10-22-2008, 10:36 AM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

Hi Raisin:

I am having a Radical Hysterectomy and they told me 8 weeks off. I also work sitting behind a computer all day. I don't want to be out that long and they said after 4 weeks I can get evaluated to see if I can return earlier working from home or something but she expects that in 8 weeks I can return full time. However, I haven't had surgury yet so I don't know if this is realistic or not.

Unread 10-23-2008, 06:49 AM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

Hi Raisin,
I had TAH/BSO (abdominal hyst/no ovaries left). I was told I'd be out 8 weeks by my gyno, then 6 weeks by my surgeon. I was really hoping for 8 weeks, since I work retail and I wanted to be out til Thanksgiving, lol. I also work behind a computer (HR) but I'm thinking I'm only going to go back part time.

I have short-term disability to where I still receive 50% of my pay. Do you get anything like that?
Unread 10-23-2008, 07:14 AM
12 weeks! Really? (Recovery)

I don't know, maybe I'll check with our HR and see. I work for the federal gov't, so maybe that is an option...

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