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Unread 08-30-2001, 11:24 AM
Realistic recovery??

I am having a TVH and anterior repair. What do you ladies think is a realistic time that I will be out of work? Does the ant. repair add a lot to this? They are asking me at work and I don't know what to say. Do you think 4 weeks off and then maybe half days for a week? I sit at work, no lifting,etc.
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Unread 08-30-2001, 12:28 PM
I had a TAH/BSO but...

Ask your DR about this they know what the average recovery time is and he is familiar with the whole situation. Everyone is different. I was thinking I'd be back at 5-6 weeks but I told my office 8 weeks to be on the safe side and what do you know I am at 7 weeks and was just released Tuesday to return to work next Tuesday. If he says 4 weeks I would add a week or two to what you tell your office just to be on the safe side and keep them at bay...I couldn't imagine trying to recover and having the office call wanting to know when you'll be in!

Take care of yourself and let us know what he says!
Unread 08-30-2001, 08:33 PM
Realistic recovery??

Hi Fran

I had a TVH with POSTERIOR repair. I was out of work 5 1/2 weeks, 3 days short of the 6 week mark. My job is demanding and hectic, but I had the opportunity to sit with my feet up (recycling bin was just the perfect hight) and to walk around when needed. STILL, I would be exhausted and achy by mid-day, and thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day. And that lasted for about 3 weeks. I really should have tried to stay out longer.

Your best bet, IMHO, is to plan for the full 6 weeks off. If you feel up to returning to work ealier, you might try it, as long as it is understood that, should you feel it's too much, too soon, you will go back home, and rest some more.

My take on this is that if you have the leave, why not take it? You only have one chance to heal right, make sure you use to it's fullest.

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Unread 08-30-2001, 09:08 PM
Realistic recovery??

Hi Fran,

I am almost one year post op from TVH with A&P repair on Sept. 13, 2000. I can tell you from personal experience to take as much time off as you can. I can definitely tell you that 4 weeks will not be enough. I don't know what type of work you do, but believe me when I tell you that after your surgery you will be really exhausted for quite awhile. You need to take as much time as you can to let yourself heal, expecially with the anterior repair. When I had my surgery, other sisters said it takes at least a year to get all of your strength back, and I can honestly say that for me it was true. There are times still now when I can still feel some tenderness across my pelvis, and I think that if from the anterior repair. However, I do have to say that since my surgery I am feeling so much better than I was before. I had my surgery for prolapse, cystocele and rectocele, so I know what you will be going through. I know everything will turn out just fine. The waiting to have it done is the worst part. Good Luck, and definitely take off at least 6-8 weeks

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