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New here and nervous! New here and nervous!

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Unread 03-11-2012, 10:00 PM
New here and nervous!

Hello! I'm new to this site. I was googling more info on my upcoming surgery and came across this board.

I am scheduled to have a vaginal hysterectomy on March 29th. I'm very nervous about the recovery.

Brief history about me: I've had endometriosis removed twice, had four m/c, 2 D&C's, a rectocele repair (in 2010) and very painful and heavy periods my whole life. My doc and I finally decided to go through with the hysterectomy. I know I am making the right choice and will like this in the long run, but I am very nervous about the recovery time.

My rectocele repair recovery was terrible and I vowed never to go through that again. I was out of work for 3 weeks, could not pick up anything for six weeks, and now here I am, scheduling this. Am I crazy??!

I was also just promoted at work, so I am of course worried about my job.

Is taking just a week off afterwards naive?? My doc said it's up to each individual person, but I just want a better clear understanding of when I can be on my feet again. I do have a job that I can sit down at lot at and it's not physical, so that helps.

I also have two small children, a 5 year old and 21 month old.

Just really concerned about the recovery time.

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Unread 03-11-2012, 11:18 PM
Re: New here and nervous!


I had a TVH in July. The recovery isn't terribly painful if you take your pain meds regularly. I do think that your hope of returning to work in one week is unrealistic. My doctor advised me that the recovery is 6-8 weeks. I was cleared to return to work at 8 weeks. I have a desk job and a 1.5 hour commute. I returned every other day for the first week and it was brutal. Sitting at my desk was very difficult. There is also a lot of fatigue after this surgery. A hysterectomy is a major surgery and it will likely be a longer recovery than your rectocele. Don't let people fool you that because it's vaginal the recovery will be a breeze, you're still having all the same work on on the inside. You will need help at home with your children for the first couple of weeks. You can't bend, lift, sweep, vacuum or do laundry until your doctor clears you (usually 6 weeks). So you won't be able to pick up your child during that time without risking injuring yourself inside.

It's a lot to absorb and can be a very emotional time. Please ask us your questions, come here with your fears or just to vent. We are here for you.
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Unread 03-12-2012, 12:05 AM
Re: New here and nervous!

hi, I just had TVH on the 7th , altho I was only going to take a 1 and a half off work, I was in hospital for 3 days and was given 4 weeks of, and my work was very good about only doing what I could , I feel really good, but get very very tired easy, went for a walk yesterday and by the end of the day I was very sore. and I dont have any small children to have too look after either, I'd try to take as much time as you can, for me, this is my last charnce of fixing my pain, and dont want to do anything thats gonna harm that charnce
takecare and wishing you all the best
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