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Unread 01-30-2012, 02:01 PM
Re: Bending during recovery

i am adapting well bcs I can't wait to get back to my usual activity, walking, and Jazzercise. You are right, it's all patience and abiding by doctor's orders for me, and thankfully, my husband's help makes it easier to follow orders. Best of luck to you too!!!
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Unread 01-30-2012, 02:10 PM
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A friend told me that a friend of hers was snow sledding in the mountains a week after her hysterectomy? O_O I've heard, "Oh, they've made advances in the techniques, so the recovery is very quick."

Well, I am taking my Q's from you ladies here. I will strictly follow the doctor's order.
Unread 01-30-2012, 02:24 PM
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Unread 01-30-2012, 03:09 PM
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I had DaVinci and I was allowed to bend, just not lift anything over 10 lbs. I was concerned about how long I would need help with the cat litter box. But my nurse said as soon as bending over was comfortable I could do it. I was bending over by day 4.

The main question to ask yourself is what are you planning to do when bending over? You want to make sure you are not going to lift or push anything heavy while bending over.

Good luck!
Unread 01-30-2012, 03:24 PM
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I bought myself some litter-pickers so I did not have to bend for 6 weeks, to be on the safe side. It also limits the weight you can pick up. Anything heavy drops out of the grabbers!
Fantastic investment!
It also stresses to people that you simply CANNOT tidy up after them, they must pick up their own things.

I could always bend over to touch my toes, so I moved onto bending over a bit to pick things up, or lean over the bath to clean it.

I thought that squatting might be the thing to pull stitches.
My surgeon at my 10 week check still warned about bending over as it strains the back, but said bending the knees was OK.

If I want things at low level I tend to kneel on the floor to reach it. I don't know whether I am being overcautious, but I would still rather take care for another few weeks
Hope this helps
Unread 01-31-2012, 02:37 PM
Re: Bending during recovery

I had an LSH, and was not given any post-op restrictions as far as lifting or bending. I just took it easy and listened to my body. I was home alone (well, not really, I do have two big dogs) on POD#5 when my helpers had to go back to work and school, and managed pretty well. Steps, driving, laundry, light housecleaning, taking care of the dogs, etc. I went back to work full-time at week #3 without any restrictions.

I think that if you know your body and your limitations and are smart and realistic about your expectations, it shouldn't be a problem. The sooner you get your body moving and active again, the better!

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