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Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday? Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

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  #21  
Unread 09-24-2011, 09:33 AM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

I had a TAH 14 months ago. The incision was verticle and really long because my one fibroid was 7 lbs and had swallowed my uterus. I spent four days in the hospital coming home on Saturday.
I starting working again Monday. . . BUT I work from home and my company was very flexible about the napping. Everyone including work said I could be gone for weeks but I was so bored when I was awake.

I know this is not a contest and I'm not telling this to prove it can be done. I just want you to know how it was. I was very tired but it seemed like it was the meds. The less I took, the less I was sleepy. I really did just recline or lay for a couple weeks interspersed with treadmill walking to keep the intestines moving.
I think people should plan to be gone for weeks and then do what they feel. In my case, using my brain and being needed by work helped me recover and not be depressed and bored.

I can remember getting a pedicure at two weeks and the sitting was uncomfortable. Also, we went to a movie in the those early weeks and I had to get up halfway through and stand in the back.
I've read so many stories here of people who had a long road recovering. The best thing to do is plan to do nothing.
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  #22  
Unread 09-26-2011, 05:10 PM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

ok now im sooo confused....,I know i will need the surgery, but I would like vacation too, I know I know my health is more important
I have no disablilty at work, so what I have left is 56 hrs of personal time and vacation time,
If I could put it off until early december than ,I could go to florida the end of december,BUT , I would be driving down, and I dont know how that would work out, plus isnt there a 2 week check post-op?
Oh well ill shut up now, thanks for listening
  #23  
Unread 09-26-2011, 06:45 PM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

I would not hesitate to use some or all of my vacation time to help me recuperate from my hysterectomy.
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  #24  
Unread 09-26-2011, 08:18 PM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

Grandmalie -

Some women have taken extended trips after their surgery. I remember one member who did some recuperation in Myrtle Beach as I recall. She did say walking in the sand of the beach was a bit more straining than she thought it would be.

Not all Drs do a 2 week check-up. I guess theoretically as long as you didn't have complications you could leave after your check-up. You would have to figure out what to do if you did have complications regarding things like reservations.

As for driving, you could possibly be a passenger in a car and have frequent stops and not do the trip in one swoop, stay over along the way. You might be able to pull it off.

Talk to your Dr. and see what they say.

You can search and see if you can find the threads on travelling and vacation shortly after surgery.

  #25  
Unread 09-26-2011, 09:09 PM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

I used all my holidays for this year to recover after my surgery... 9 weeks out and I'm still taking two hours vacation a day. So no time off at Christmas for me :-( Another thing that concerns me is if you have complications after and you're out of town. I saw my gyne and/or GP 3 times before my scheduled 6 week follow up because I had concerns/problems. I hope things go well for you and you're able to go for your holiday!
  #26  
Unread 09-26-2011, 11:51 PM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

Driving would depend on how you feel and a 2week checkup depends on your Dr. Mine is at 3weeks not 2.
  #27  
Unread 09-28-2011, 05:05 AM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

[b]thanks so much for all the feedback!!!!
this is my plan so far, haven't talked to scheduling yet.
I will try and plan my surgery for the 29th of November,they do the robotic surgery on tuesdays..
the DH and I plan on driving down with our 3 dogs and a friend to florida the 17th if December,we will stop overnight , and will make freqent stops, If there are complications, then my[trip is off..
I also have a plane tix for the 22nd if I have to fly down..
Im about 75 lbs overweight, and im not good about excersise, but am always active between my job, and home ,so im hoping and praying all goes well...
I get worried about all the people that say it wrecks havoc with your body,Im hoping I can just get on with my life instead of having a drawer full of pads and a shelf full of pills
  #28  
Unread 09-28-2011, 07:10 AM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

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Originally Posted by grandmallie View Post
May I introduce myself
didnt know where to write , so thought I would stop by here
I turned 50 a year ago June and from then on it has been one darn thing after the next...
started with heavy bleeding and had an endometrial biopsy and a transvaginal ultrasound, found a 4mm fibroid,whooo hooo. so I was put on Lysteda, which worked for a little while but the pills were huge!!, so looked into a endometrial ablation~~ had that this past April and thought I was in the free and clear,but for the past 2 months have been back to bleeding every day..., this past saterday night doubled over in pain,I clotted out in the morning ,felt better-- went to work monday same thing happened came home and had to take a percoset, went to the obgyn,he did a quick look see , I sat up and flooded out all over(very embarassing) went back to my usual Gyno guy yesterday and he will be doing DaVinci hopefully the end of October... that being said , he said that if I got it done on a thursday,stayed over and went home friday, rested up over the weekend that I could go back to work on monday .. I work as a dental asisstant and I do a lot of running around im hoping that this is true because , we dont have any short term disability, oh well can anyone give me any advice?
NO WAY!! I had a Da vinci 3 weeks ago yesterday for fibroids as well. I am 35 years old and work an office job which requires me to sit at a computer (no running around). My doctor would not even let me drive for a week (and I wouldn't have felt like it anyway). I too have no short term disability so my doctor did allow me to return to work after 2 weeks after I came in for post op and he saw I was doing well. However when I returned to work it was no lifting, take the elevator and take it easy. Also, even just sitting at a desk all day I'm completely wiped out every afternoon when I get home. Sorry if the news is disappointing but take it easy and let yourself heal!!!
  #29  
Unread 09-28-2011, 10:43 AM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

Looks like you got some good answers there! It's true, there's no way to predict how you'll recover afterward. I had an LSH, and at pre-op my GYN told me I'd need at minimum, one week off. He said if I really 'had' to go back to work after one week, it could be done, but he preferred that I take two if I could. (I'm a nurse, so lots of running around on my feet all day, lifting, bending, stretching, etc . . . and he knows it!) The way it worked out with scheduling is that I'll be getting almost three weeks total.

I feel much, much better than I thought I would, and although I think I could have managed going back to work sooner, I don't think I would have been ready quite THAT soon after my operation!! Maybe if you can work half shifts or something, or talk to your employer and see if there are any light duty options for you.

Keeping you in my thoughts! Hope you find a solution!!
  #30  
Unread 10-04-2011, 06:21 AM
Re: Surgery Thursday, back to work Monday?

After a major surgery I wouldn't care what the doctor said there is NO way I would even think to go back to work so fast. I understand you not wanting to lose out on pay BUT if you go to work too soon and with all the walking and sitting dental assistants do I feel you would be doing more harm and risking being out even longer because of the activities NOT to mention aren't you going to be on pain killers
' How functional do you think you really CAN be assisting patients? It just doesn't sound like a safe (for you or dental patients) or rational decision to me. You should really listen to the women who have had the procedure and know what to expect.
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