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Unread 03-06-2012, 10:45 AM
Recovery from VH questions

I am new, but have been reading about the various recovery times.

For those who've had a vaginal hysterectomy:

How long before you went back to work? And what sort of job do you have?

I only ask because my dr. insists I'll be ready to go back to work after 2 weeks. I am a teacher. To some that means I sit in front of a classroom all day. But the reality is, I run around all day. Three days a week I wear tennis shoes because I am required to move around a lot (I have lunch duty outside and teach one class on the other side of the building). So am curious if me returning to work after 2 weeks is even a possibilty.

Question number 2 for VH people is:

How long before you can drive?

I made some appointments (a mammogram & dermatologist) 1.5 weeks after my surgery date (which I made before the surgery date). I can change them if I need to, though, but really want to get them done.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 10:59 AM
Re: Recovery from VH questions

I had a Vaginal Hysterectomy and Bladder Sling. I work in an office and I took 4 weeks. I could've done 2 or 3 if I had to but I had plenty of sick leave. The hysterectomy part really was not as bad as I expected. I sit most of the day and it get's uncomfortable, but I have cuts in my groin area from the sling. If you can take the time off I would go with 3 weeks! You will feel much better by then. As far as driving, we live in the country and I had a hard time driving long distances. She cleared me at my 2 week check but I didn't go very far.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 11:33 AM
Re: Recovery from VH questions

My doctor told me that I could drive once I was no longer taking narcotics, I am scheduled for TVH next tuesday. I plan to take at least 4 weeks off, I am a bank teller and dont have much heavy lifting, just coin boxes my coworkers could help me with. But the sitting all day is what I am concerned with because I will have a urethral sling put in also.
Good luck
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Unread 03-06-2012, 12:31 PM
Re: Recovery from VH questions

Hi ladies!!

I am taking 6 weeks....I was told TVH recovery is 6-8 weeks. I'm also having cystocele/rectocele repair done. I can't imagine a doctor saying with a TVH you should be ready to go back at 2 weeks. Eeeks!!
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Unread 03-06-2012, 01:41 PM
Re: Recovery from VH questions

I was told 3-4 weeks and still have to take it easy for 8-10 weeks after that. ie no heavy lifting, pulling, pushing. You doctor should or will have a list of things that you can and cannot do for the different weeks of recovery.
Like my mom use to say, "When in doubt, ask."

Good luck.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 02:38 PM
Re: Recovery from VH questions

I had my TVH in July. I was cleared by doctor and returned to work at 8 weeks. I was told recovery time was 6-8 weeks. I have a desk job and communte 1.5 hours a day. My first week back was part time and it was seriously brutal. There is absolutely no way I could have come back at 2weeks.

I wasn't given any restrictions on driving. Generally, when you're off narcotics and feel well enough to stomp on the brake (if necessary) you're good to go. The seatbelt continued to be an issue for me for about 4 months post op (even though I didn't have any abdominal incisions).

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Unread 03-07-2012, 10:30 AM
Re: Recovery from VH questions

thanks for all of the info. It's so hard to plan ahead. I have an extracurricular activity with students that I am in charge of. I think I will cancel it for the week I am supposed to return to work (week 3) and plan to resume it on week 4. I just don't want the families to drop off kids and me not unexpectedly be at work that day.
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Unread 03-07-2012, 10:47 AM
Re: Recovery from VH questions

It is hard to plan ahead. I tried to think of everything and I was so stressed out before the surgery. As soon as I had it though, I decided you know what? I never stop, I never do anything for myself and I'm always worried about taking care of other people. This is about me and I'm not going to worry about everyone else for once!! I laid my hiney on the couch, ignored the calls from the office and let my husband take care of the rest. You only get one chance to heal. Don't over do it!!

Good luck!!
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Unread 03-07-2012, 02:15 PM
Re: Recovery from VH questions

I had a DvTh and could not have went back at 2 weeks. I waitress but before my doc knew this he said 6 weeks minimum.. I am just now at 5 weeks and starting to feel human again. My doc didnt buy into the "Less invasive sales pitch" He said I had major internal organs removed and needed at least the 6 weeks. At 2 weeks I could not sit straight up on a regular chair for longer than 20 minutes without being in pain..

I was allowed to drive when I was able to stomp my feet on the ground without having pelvic floor pain..
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