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Unread 01-29-2012, 06:45 PM
Bending during recovery

What type of surgery did you have, or does that matter? I know there are different types of hysterectomy surgeries, and I'm curious if this restriction if for one or all of them.
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Unread 01-29-2012, 09:59 PM
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I had a TAH, everything including cervix removed, I'm playing it safe.
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Unread 01-29-2012, 11:12 PM
Re: Bending during recovery

It's a hard one. I think it's generally good advice for all surgery types - you don't want to strain your internal stitches - and there are a lot.

I tried to not bend, but old habits die hard and bending over to scoop up my cat happened a few times without thinking. The, "Oh Crap! I shouldn't have done that." moment. I didn't have much pain and I don't think the occasional oops caused me any problems, but I did try to play it safe. It's hard when you aren't hurting to remember to take it easy.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 07:49 AM
Re: Bending during recovery

I'm having a TAH on 2.3.12 and was told TAKE it EASY for weeks on in...Which is going to be the hardest thing for a person with OCD to do! But....I will be sure to TRY at least.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 08:24 AM
Re: Bending during recovery

I may be 64 but I am a very active 64, and under normal circumstances can't stay still for long. I had TAH BSO on 1-10-12 and have had to make myself be careful and also just sit and rest even when I don't feel really tired. I do walk short distances and do light things around the house, but I am playing it safe, too much at stake. I really do miss not being able to bend down or get on the floor with my dog, though, lol! Good luck to all my pre op and recovering Hyster Sisters!
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Unread 01-30-2012, 09:38 AM
Re: Bending during recovery

I had a LAVH and I was told upon discharge NO BENDING OR LIFTING of anything over 5lbs. I could bend after 2 weeks but the no lifting continued until my 7 week post op appointment. Get yourself one of those grabbers so the temptation to bend is not so strong.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 10:01 AM
Re: Bending during recovery

Take it easy or you will end up back in the surgery room is what I have heard. My children asked what it felt like when I bent over because I told them I couldn't. The best way I thought of is it felt like I had 2 balls in the abdomen when I bent over. It is very uncomfortable. When I do feel well I do light things around the house but only a few. You may look and feel great but you can't see whats going on on the inside and that is where the healing is taking place. Its worth it to be a princess for 6 weeks or so, enjoy it while you can!
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Unread 01-30-2012, 10:20 AM
Re: Bending during recovery

I had lap surgery. I was told not to bend until I felt I could. The first week I couldn't do it. After that I could do it slowly and carefully. About week 3 it wasn't a problem.

No matter what kind of surgery you have watch your weight limits. Even though mine was 10 lbs I couldn't pick up more than a pound or two the first few days. Gradually I was able to do more. I'm at 8 weeks and still max at about 15 lbs. Before surgery I could do 50 lbs with no problems.

I took the drs. restrictions as the most I could do. I listen to my body. When my body says to put something down, I do. When it says to sit down, I do. Today it's saying I did too much yesterday (first good cleaning since I had surgery). So I'm having DH move some stuff so I can finish vacuuming (he can't vacuum as thoroughly as I do). Then I'll probably plop myself in bed and do some homework and work a bit on taxes if my 1099 came in the mail. Oh, and read the Sunday paper and clip coupons. Yup, heavy day today.
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Unread 01-30-2012, 11:22 AM
Re: Bending during recovery

You stated it perfectly, the reasons to be so careful for weeks to months after surgery!
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Unread 01-30-2012, 01:45 PM
Re: Bending during recovery

My DR is very conservative. She said no bending, squatting or lifting over 5lbs. Surely, she is too rigid I thought. Nope! Bending was quite uncomfortable plus it's not condusive to healing suture sites. I did learn how to kneel slowly after a week or so. Take post op orders to heart and listen to your body. It seems like you'll be a bedridden invalid who can do nothing. Not true. You will acclimate to the differing situations and get by. It takes time. Good luck : )
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