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Unread 02-06-2002, 05:51 PM
getting back quickly

I'm just new here. I'm at a stage 3 prolapse, rectocele, cystocele as well as adenomyosis - and I wondered why I was getting SOOOO uncomfortable evry month!!

Anyway, next week (Feb 13.) I'm going in for a LAVH, a Burch procedure and repairs of the vaginal wall.

Well - I have a sedentary job (government analyst) which I can do a bit of at home, but I plan to get back within a week.

My doctor says that it's entirely possible as long as I don't push myself, watch the physical activity and don't drive.

Am I absolutely nuts? I can't take the time off work right now, so I'd have to postpone the operation. I just don't want to go through another one of these painful cycles.

Advice, please.


LIW for LAVH, Burch and vaginal wall repair.
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Unread 02-07-2002, 03:07 AM
Advice for New Lady In Waiting

Hi Christine!

Welcome To Hystersisters!

The best advice I can give is for you to wait and see how you feel after the surgery, being mindful not to push it.

I am not a DR, but my opinion is that you owe it to yourself to take the time your body needs to heal properly and not risk any setbacks. I don't think you can commit to any particular timeframe until after you are home from surgery and your healing and recovery is underway.

Insurance companies, employers, and labor boards may have further regulation regarding this, too, for example, some car insurance companies will not cover any accident involving a driver who has had surgery less than x number of weeks ago. In other words, there are also liability issues to consider.

Personally, I think it's wisest to take the amount of time the DR says is necessary, which is typically in the 6 - 8 week range.

Best wishes to you; please keep us posted as you journey through the 'Land Of Hyster' !

Unread 02-07-2002, 04:07 AM
Advice for New Lady In Waiting

Hi Christine,

I had my hyst (TVH) because of prolapses, and also had the repairs done for a rectocele and a cystocele - although your experience may be very different, I didn't go back to work for 5 1/2 weeks, and even at that, I carried my donut pillow to sit on.

Most of my discomfort was from the rectocele repair, and there was no way that I could have worked at one week (still on pain pills).

Please try to arrange enough time off from your job to heal properly. This is major surgery. I am actually surprised that your doctor would say that you could go back after only one week, as that has not been the case for the majority of the ladies here on hystersisters.

Good luck to you. I'm glad that you found hystersisters!!

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Unread 02-07-2002, 10:19 PM
Thought I was the only one

The only thing about my surgery and stuff is my seems to think I will be ready to assume activities as usual by 10 days post-op. In that respect only I think he's nuts! I spent a week recovering from a lap. tubal! I can only imagine how I'm gonna feel after this.
I can't figure out why there is such a varying opinion among doctors about how long it takes to recover. When I first started reading about the procedures I had no idea what the recovery times were. The fortunate thing is I don't work outside the home. I do day care and take care of my three. All of the children I care for are over 10, so can help with my 2 year old and other things. They really like to help around the house and yard when they are here.
As far as going back to work in a week, I would definately wait and see! Take care and heal properly now to avoid problems in the future!
Unread 03-01-2002, 02:27 PM
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I kind of have the same question. I will have surgery for cystocele and rectocele in early April but can work from home until I'm cleared to go back to the office. How long do you think it will be before the 'fog' clears enough for me to be clear enough to actually work on line from home? I'm going to run a long cable to my recliner so I won't be sitting on a hard chair for too long and will have plenty of cats for company to help me out.

I did this after my TVH and went back 'to work' after a week but actually returned to work after 4 weeks just so I could go back to a 40 hour work week. It seemed I never got off the computer!!

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