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Is recovery the same for the LSH as robotic?  Back to work in 2 weeks? Is recovery the same for the LSH as robotic? Back to work in 2 weeks?

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Unread 04-26-2012, 08:41 PM
Is recovery the same for the LSH as robotic? Back to work in 2 weeks?

I'm on my way to becoming a princess to.I'm excited for pain to be over but now kinda scared since it is real.The first date available is may,17th and that's a whole 3 wks away.Been dealing this long guess won't kill me.I have never wanted and not wanted something so bad at the same time,but we are hoping to keep my one remaining ovary and cervix.He is doing supracervical laproscopic hysterectomy.Wanted di vinchi but only one robot and 5 doctors so not available till late June and neither of us thought we should wait that long.He said recovery about the same anyone know?He said I could return to work in 2 wks if everything goes well
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Unread 04-27-2012, 05:25 AM
Re: Ablation and lap three weeks ago--any advice welcome--dr appt Thurs

I had TLH and went back to work Monday of week3 (out two weeks)- I was VERY exhausted, but had also driven myself the 1 hour each way between house and office.

Was not able to return to the office the rest of the week, I had a sinus infection and suspected pink eye- co-workers told me to stay away. I would have gone back for 1 or two days had I not gotten sick. I had planned to work 1 day take 1 day, for that week. Since Monday of week 4, I have been back every day and other than being exhausted and having a bit more brain fog than usual, I have been fine.

I figured since you are having a hysterectomy after ablation, they would remove the cervix too- just figured it was all "ablated" into one glob now. They took mine so I guess I assumed that was universal.

Recovery from my TLH was one of the easiest medical events I have experienced. Heck, I would rather have another TLH than to ever experience a herniated disc again (mine is at L3-L4)!
Unread 04-27-2012, 09:24 AM
Re: Ablation and lap three weeks ago--any advice welcome--dr appt Thurs

Thanks for sharing.I'm really hoping to be ok after week 2 I have missed so much due to everything else.He hopes to leave cervix and ovary of coarse that can change depending on what he finds.How long before you could drive?I also drive a lot with work.We have 4 different offices.longest drive bout an hour as well.Right now with all the pain and pressure that was killing me.
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Unread 04-27-2012, 09:45 AM
Re: Ablation and lap three weeks ago--any advice welcome--dr appt Thurs

I drove after 1 week... just around town, no more than maybe 10 miles from home. At 2 weeks, I drove the 45 mile commute (each way) to the office.

I did wear the binder any time I was in the car- pot hole and speed bumps were a killer until about week 4!
Unread 04-27-2012, 10:18 AM
Re: Ablation and lap three weeks ago--any advice welcome--dr appt Thurs

I guess thats a plus for working for a cosmetic surgeon.I have all kinds of binders at my
Unread 04-27-2012, 10:25 AM
Re: Ablation and lap three weeks ago--any advice welcome--dr appt Thurs

Do you think realistically I will be ok in 2 wks.I'm really worried bout it.When I had my ovary removed almost 2 yrs ago I came back in 4 days.(but was miserable)Not looking forward to recovery at all.I also have 2 children youngest only 2 and my husband not gonna be able to take but maybe 2 days off and then the weekend so I will be 4 days think I could drive.If not will have to keep her home with me
Unread 04-27-2012, 02:25 PM
Re: Is recovery the same for the LSH as robotic? Back to work in 2 weeks?

I have yet to see a post from a da Vinci sister who was truly recovered enough to return to work in 2 weeks with no issues. That being said, everyone heals differnetly and I suppose there have been sisters who bounced back just like that. I would also suppose that leaving your cervix does make for an "easier" recovery as there is no vaginal cuff to heal. I had a da Vinci with everything removed and needed every one of the six weeks I was off and then I was only released to work part time for the next two weeks. The pain does get better as time goes on of course, but at the three week mark, we all seem to hit a wall and take a step back in recovery and need to take it extra easy. There are several threads on the fact that laporoscopic and robotic surgeries are advertised as requiring little to no recovery time. This is extremely misleading. This is major surgery with the only differences being the incisions needed to get in. It's all the same internally. The post op fatigue alone is intense let alone any pain you might have. I was on narcs for five days and could not have driven a car until off of them. I did not drive until my first post op at three weeks. I was midly uncomfortable, but it was the involuntary tensing up that was the biggest stressor. I would read a bit more about recovery times from ladies who had the same surgery and plan for more time off. If you don't need it, great but if you do you will glad it's there. Take care and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Unread 04-27-2012, 03:34 PM
Re: Is recovery the same for the LSH as robotic? Back to work in 2 weeks?

I am almost 3 weeks, will be on Tuesday.. I could not imagine going back to work. Had a divinci, total hysterectomy. Just had my post-op... and he only took out my stitches, or at least removed the glue.. stitches were there, I guess? I did not look! I go back in 4 for internal.. I guess that is to check out the insides... I have my ovaries... not sure why people leave their cervix.. my friend did... personal choice... I HOPE my dr. took mine out... I began to worry! LOL> but w/ my paps usually coming back abnormal, we discussed mayny time to take the cervix--all except my ovaries. I already had a tube removed years ago. I think you have to 'request' the cervix not to be removed.. is most of my understanding... pretty typical to take it all out?! not sure!!!
Unread 04-27-2012, 03:42 PM
Re: Is recovery the same for the LSH as robotic? Back to work in 2 weeks?

I am 3 weeks post op daVinci and still can not drive. I don't even want to be a passenger. My doctor told me recovery restrictions , pain, and healing are the same for me as any other method of hysterectomy. My incisions are less of a bother than a TAH but everything she did is the same on the inside as far as healing and restrictions go. She will not release me for work outside the home until after my 6 week checkup, and she said maybe even 8 weeks depending on how I a at 6 weeks.At 3 weeks I am still not able to do much more than take care of my own personal needs. I have been following the recovery threads since surgery and it seems some women heal faster than others, but the type of surgery doesn't seem to make a difference. We are all different.
Unread 04-27-2012, 06:05 PM
Re: Is recovery the same for the LSH as robotic? Back to work in 2 weeks?

O no.I am worried now.My work is really strict on absence.He said 2 wks so when she asked that what I told my boss which means that is written in stone in her book.We also have a girl that is quiting her last day is next Friday which will leave 3 nurses including myself.A new girl is starting on the 9th and I do the training so I'm really stressed about it all,but the reason I'm having the surgery is not going to get any better until that nasty old uterus is gone.Sometimes I think my boss just likes to give me a hard time almost 2 yrs ago I had to have internal and external hemrroidectomy (horrible) only missed a little over 7 work days.( that was in July).Then in Sept had to turn around and have left ovary and partial tube removed due to dermoid cyst( size of grapefruit)with torsion and only missed 4 days of work and I was written up for excessive absence.Can you believe that never heard of being written up for having surgery and with both did not even take all the time I was allowed by doctor.Anyways after all that now you know why I'm worried about missing work on top of the fact DH and I just bought our first home
The statement I read about cervix.He said that with me being only 30 he wanted to leave because it helps give support to pelvic floor and helps to prevent organ prolaspe.I have also read it aids in lubracation.
Sorry for all the rambling,and thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to read my story and give advice as well as life expirence.All of you are very helpful

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