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Unread 10-12-2010, 02:13 PM
realistic recovery time expectations

I am scheduled for surgery in January. I dont know which procedure yet, because there is a chance the hospital I am going to will have the DaVinci in place by then. My doctor did tell me that she might have to do a TAH.

My boss is very understanding and supportive, but it would be so helpful if I could give him an estimate about time off. My doctor just keeps saying "6 weeks". I realize that she has to say that because it varies, but I kind of need to know.

I work in an accounting office- desk job 9-5 M-F. My perfect scenario would be:
2 weeks of full home rest, no working at all
1-2 weeks working from home, so that I can rest when I need to
after the 4th week, return to work.

does this sound possible? I am just at a desk, not running around. I can't afford to take 6 weeks off. there is no one to do my work, so 2 weeks is about the most I can go without doing any work at all.
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Unread 10-12-2010, 03:22 PM
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I had a LSH, so my experience may be quite different. Maybe it will help.

I was off work for three weeks. The second week I started working from home on a laptop in bed but only 4-5 hours per day. The third week I was working from home averaging more hours per day. The fourth week, I went back to work but only managed to stay about 5 hours because I would get so exhausted but luckily was able to take work home to finish out the rest of the day on a laptop in bed. The 5th week I was the only one scheduled to be in the office all week so I had to put in all 9 hours every day. It was exhausting, but manageable. Now I'm in the 6th week and although tired, doing much better with being here all day.

My job is about 75% sitting at a desk and 25% running around the building.
Unread 10-12-2010, 03:30 PM
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I had a TAH & have a desk job that is flexible enough that I can walk around or sit as needed. I also have a relaxed dress code, so I don't have zippers or anything like that to deal with.

I had no complications or anything major to deal with & I spent the first 1 week being a very good princess about laying around getting spoiled. I did absolutely nothing that I was told not to do. After 10 days, Dr told me I could ease back into full routine, with the exception of lifting & sex. I went back to work at fairly full schedule after 2 weeks. I was pretty wiped out after 6 hours for the first week. Not sure thay my results are typical, but a possibility, considering I don't know if you have other limitations.

Since Dr says to plan for 6 weeks, tell that to your boss, with the possibility of going back early.
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Unread 10-12-2010, 03:52 PM
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It is best to plan for the 6 weeks & if you can go back earlier then that is great. You will be surprised how tired you get but maybe if you just sit it might work. I would not have been able to go back at 4 weeks but we are all different. Best wishes to you.
Unread 10-12-2010, 04:12 PM
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Really? Plan on 6 wks and hope for better. Some ladies do pretty well from early on, but a lot are exhausted and in pain for weeks. That's with no complications. And its hard to predict which way it will go for you. I think your scenario is for "best case", not for average or any problems. But once you go back its hard to go home again, so its good to prepare them for a long absence so you don't get boxed in and have to work in pain or something. Its easy to underestimate this surgery. But of course, best wishes yours is a smooth recovery.

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