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Davinci and down time? How long really? Davinci and down time? How long really?

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Unread 10-09-2011, 07:39 PM
Davinci and down time? How long really?

Doc says I'll be down for only 2 weeks. I'm a teacher and stand most of the day. Is that a realistic estimate? I don't want to be out more than I need too, but am scared to return too soon.
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Unread 10-10-2011, 12:44 PM
Re: Davinci and down time? How long really?

Hi Jennydenice!
My opinion is that while Davinci is portrayed as being less invasive it is still major surgery. Tomorrow I will be one week post op (had surgery Oct 3rd) and I dont think I would be nearly ready to go to back to work in another week even though I have a desk job. There are some women who do recover extremely well and are able to return to work in that kind of time frame but it seems to me that they are often the exception and not the rule. When I turned in my sick leave papers for my doctor to fill out, I expected to get them back with a return to work date within two weeks. Imagine my surprise when my doctor listed a rtw date of October 31.. I have a co-worker who had Davinci, came back to work at 2 weeks, did too much and had a setback and ended up going back on sick leave again. When I told her that I would be out for a month she told me I was going to need every bit of that month and then some. She ended up having just her uterus removed. I was supposed to end up having just the uterus and 1 ovary removed but ended up getting both tubes, cervix, uterus, and 1 ovary removed. Not trying to scare you and I am not a doctor but I would advise that you please, please take as much time as you can and need - especially when you have a job that requires you to stand on your feet like teaching. Listen to your body after surgery - you'll know what you can and can't handle. Good luck to you for a successful surgery next week!! Wishing you all the best...
Unread 10-12-2011, 09:46 PM
Re: Davinci and down time? How long really?

I had the davinci and was off the pain meds in a few days but the other side effects of the surgery @ exhaustion, insomnia, bowel and bladder concerns etc. lasted for much longer than I expected. I wasn't allowed to even drive until after 2 weeks and I was nervous then. Even the smallest exertion exhausted me. I didnt' get dressed or wear makeup until week 3...which by the way was the worst week in my recovery. The Hysterectomy is different from other health recoveries. You don't just get better and better each day. You improve and then have a harder day...then you improve a little more and maybe have a really bad day. It's like a roller coaster. Eventually you will begin to make steady improvement but for me and many others that didnt' start until week 4 or 5. You should not be lifting, bending, sweeping, housework, anything physical at all for several weeks. ( 6 weeks is recommended even for the Dav)
I would advise you to plan on 4-6 weeks off. Most of the ladies that returned earlier than 5-6 weeks had desk jobs, part-time jobs or jobs they could leave if they needed to. I would definatley plan on 4 weeks..... no less. if you can go back to work early great but overdo and you will miss more work in the long run. Hope this helps.
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Unread 10-13-2011, 06:56 AM
Re: Davinci and down time? How long really?

I second everything that caraab just said! I had dvh almost 7 weeks ago and although my recovery has been pretty smooth, it is exactly as she describes. I went back to work part time at 4 1/2 weeks and wish I'd taken the whole 6 weeks. I still am only part time, will likely be back full time next week. I definitely feel I've turned the corner after about 6 weeks in that I have more times of feeling good than bad, but I still tire very easy and will have pain and discomfort and a bad day out of nowhere. I am still dealing with some bladder and bowel issues as well. I do think that the davinci was a great option for me, but just be prepared that recovery is a process. I would definitely take 4 weeks off if you can, and then decide from there.

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