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Unread 01-15-2002, 10:00 PM
projected work down time?

I have been referred by my family physician to a GYN and am awaiting my appointment, fully expecting a hysterectomy. In the mean time.....can you tell me how long it took from the time you first saw your GYN to when your surgery date was scheduled. What is the process and how much time can I expect to have to take off of work. The last question has been a burning one for me since I've been referred. I work a desk job (highly specialized) and am the only one in the office who knows the job. I'm preparing procedures and training aids to help ease the burden on my employer. Thanks!
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Unread 01-15-2002, 10:11 PM
projected work down time?

Hi Dolly!

The time it takes to get a surgery date depends on many things: among them being your DR's schedule, and the hospital's OR schedule. Another factor may be your DR's recommendation on urgency - my DR insisted immediate surgery because of my diagnosis (large tumor); others have scheduled surgery months off.

The DR performing the surgery will have to tell you about release to return to work. DRs vary on this. Mine released me at 8 weeks to half days. I've heard of others releasing patients at 5 and 6 weeks. I can see the DR having an estimate prior to surgery, but I can't see it being a definite time frame until you've had the surgery and the DR has examined you and seen the progress at approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

Initial recovery time for hysterectomy is 6 - 8 weeks.

Sitting, although sounds harmless, is one of the worst things you can do to a body trying to heal after this surgery.

My suggestion? Let your employer know what your DR says is the estimated amount of time before returning to work with the understanding that this is subject to change based on your progress.

Best of luck!
Unread 01-15-2002, 10:25 PM
projected work down time?

Hi Dollie! Welcome to Hystersisters! Let's see...if I remember correctly it was about a month and a half. This is probably different in every case, however. I was off work for 6 weeks. At 6 weeks I went back part 8 weeks full time. I tried to go back full time at 6 weeks, but was way to exhausted so I was able to do part time for those couple of weeks.

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Look over all of your options and alternatives, Dollie. A hysterectomy is major surgery. We do have an Options and Alternatives message board that may help you while you are in the decision process.

By the way...I liked your home page. Lovely family! My mom is very into genealogy also. It's very interesting.

My very best wishes to you! s

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Unread 01-16-2002, 04:07 AM
projected work down time?

Hi, Dollie,

I don't remember exactly how long it was before my surgery was scheduled, but I do remember that my doctor asked me when would be the best time for me, since it was being done because of prolapse, and therefore it wouldn't be dangerous for me to wait a while until I had time to do some training and to choose a time that wouldn't be during the most critical time of year.

I too am (was) the only person in my office who knows my job duties, and normally would have returned from a week's vacation or illness to find my desk piled high, and would have received phone calls while gone. My boss had talked some about getting me some help, but nothing much had been done about it until this summer.

I took the time to type up some detailed instructions and train two employees to take over my responsibilities for awhile. My boss finally realized that there had to be someone else able to fill in for me, and finally gave me the help that I have needed for years!!

I had a vaginal hyst and repairs for a rectocele and a cystocele and was released to go back to work at 5 1/2 weeks, full-time. I was pretty exhausted the first couple of weeks back, and it might have been easier to go back part-time for the first week or two. Be prepared, though, to get lots of phone calls - I would always remind them that I was still taking pain meds and that if my answers didn't make sense, wait and call again!!

The really good news is that I have been able to keep one of the two employees as my assistant and am continuing to train her in what I do. Maybe the next time I take a vacation my desk won't be buried when I get back.

Please let us know what your GYN says.

Unread 01-16-2002, 04:17 AM
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From the time I first saw my dr (THIS TIME) until the actual surgery will be it will be about 10 weeks. It's not an emergency and she told me to pick a six week period of time that I could recover. If I hadn't had to juggle the schedule I think I would have opted to go as soon as she could take me!
Unread 01-16-2002, 04:31 AM
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6-8 weeks???!!! my dr. told me one of his staff nurses (and patient) was back to work in 2 weeks?! am i going to be too hard on myself if i'm not up and out in that amt. of time??
Unread 01-16-2002, 04:55 AM
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From the time I saw my doctor until the time I have my surgery will be about 8 weeks. When I saw my doc last week he asked me when I'd like to have the surgery. My parents, who are my only support except my DH and kids, are out of town until the end of February so I wanted to wait for their return. Since my case isn't emergent that was fine. Actually, my doc said that he really couldn't do it much sooner since he was pretty much already filled on surgeries until the end of February.

As for work, I am so with you on concern over this one. I work for a large medical organization and I work from home. Obviously, no one around to help cover my job. However, I am the most fortunate of women to work for a wonderful employer who has always done everything possible to make things work for me. I haven't heard a time frame yet from my doc, something we will discuss at my pre-op appointment, but my plan is to work ahead. I work 15 hours a week so the month before my surgery I will work as many extra hours as possible and my employer will allow me to turn that time in over my recovery period. I am hopeful that since I work from home and don't have to expend energy getting up and dressed before driving to work that I may be good to go quicker than those who have to physically go to work, but we shall see. I also have five kids who will be eager to have their mom back so I want to make sure they get what they need as well. Heck, at this rate I'm having a hard time thinking about me!

Good luck in whatever decision you make!
Unread 01-16-2002, 07:26 AM
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Time out from work would depend on your surgery and your doc and how you do afterwards. I had a lap hyst and and have been working at my shop this week 10 days post op...if they had to do an incision the doc said it would have been at least 6 weeks and for a vaginal he said he has women that do well in only a couple weeks but he does not allow them back to work for 6 weeks although he has had patients that went anyway despite his advice.
it took them only a week to schedule my surgery once I made the decision they have to get it approved from insurance and a date from the hospital. It will depend on how busy the doc and the hospital are.
Unread 01-16-2002, 07:30 AM
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Since all of this is stilll pretty fresh in my head, will tell you my time line.

Nov 27 first visit with OBGYN consultation left the office knowing that I needed a TSH BSO he told me to go home and talk this over with my family and scheduled another appointment for Dec 10

Dec 10. Dr.s visit discussed options (had not found hystersisters yet) And Picked surgery date sooner the better. Asked about keeping overies and cervic. Not going to keep them.

Jan 15. Pre-op visit at hospital height, weight, family hystory (lol), allergies, blood pressures, they took blood tests CBC, pregnancy, Type and catagory. Recieved a hospital bracelet that I have to wear until Monday has a code on it in the case I need a blood transfusion, during surgery
Jan16. waiting , nervous, finishing trying to organize the troops for a few weeks of being self sufficent.

Jan 21. H DAY.

Thats my story so far.

Have been told to expect to be off work 6-8 weeks. And my employeer is not all that happy about the whole thing at all. Like you I am the only one that does the job. Have spent the last couple of weeks giving a crash course to a temp.

Told boss that I only get one chance to heal from this so I am off limits.

Take care.
ps my only piece of advice would be after you know you have to have a hysterectomy get your surgery date as soon as possible the waiting is hell.
Unread 01-16-2002, 11:58 AM
Yes, the waiting is hell!!

The waiting and planing is the hardest part. Let's just do it, get it over with and get on with post-op.

I also want to mention to any who are pre that thanks to the chat room I remember that I have a problem with Latex. I was told today when I mentioned it that they had a special surgical room for that. I sure hope it doesn't delay my surgery.

I wish you all the best. This is the best place in the world for support and to learn from others. I have learned so much from the boards and even more at the chats. Come and join us.

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