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Unread 06-13-2002, 01:56 PM
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I am scheduled for an abdominal hysterectomy 6/24 and am supposed to start a summer job 7/15. I am a teacher and work at a summer camp in July and August. Is 3 weeks enough time to recover before working at a crazy summer camp? I committed to my work schedule long before I knew about the surgery. Thanks! Jacqui
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Unread 06-13-2002, 02:37 PM
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Ack! that sounds like an awfully short time...but everyone is different, and a lot will depend on your general health status, and how long/extensive your surgery will be.

It's generally advised that you refrain from major activity for at least 5-7 weeks after an abdominal hysterectomy, but many women seem to be fit enough to work, ride horses, exercise etc at as little as 2-3 weeks after surgery. My surgeon won't let me drive until at least 6 weeks postop, and sex is out until that time too - poor hubby, eh? *grinning*

As I said though, every woman is different. I'd write down the activities you'd expect to do during summer camp, and ask your doctor's opinion.

Take care, and keep us posted

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Unread 06-13-2002, 02:38 PM
No way!

A hysterectomy is MAJOR surgery with an initial recovery time of 6-8 weeks. Most women get off their regular jobs for at least six weeks. From my experience after a vaginal hysterectomy with no abdominal incision it was 3 weeks before I felt good enough to drive. Some insurance companies won't even cover you if you get in an accident after surgery for up to 30 days so do check with yours. The effects of anesthesia can still be in your system the first couple weeks so when it wears off you may find that three weeks may be worse than initially. I spent the first couple weeks in bed. You will have tons of internal stitches and lots of healing. Most are told not to lift more than a gallon of milk for the first 6 weeks. I don't see how being around crazy kids without the fear of them running in to you would be a good idea. You need to take it easy and rest. You have only have once chance to heal right and this is it. Hope you have some help.
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Unread 06-13-2002, 02:44 PM
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Here's a thread about when most people went back to work.
https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...threadid=46109
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Unread 06-13-2002, 02:54 PM
Hi Jacqui

I am three weeks post-op today from a TAH (total abdominal hysterectomy). There is no way I could go to work now or would even try. It's difficult to even sit up straight for more than a 40 minutes without a lot of internal discomfort, and I still get tired very quickly. (And I was in good shape before the surgery, walking over a mile a day, eating right, taking vitamins, etc.) I won't be going back to work for three more weeks.

A hysterectomy is major surgery, and is, in fact, one of the most difficult of all abdominal surgeries. Your body has to have time to recover. Three weeks just isn't enough time, in my opinion.

You would need to follow the recommendation of your doctor. And remember, you only have one chance to heal properly, so don't try to do too much too soon.

s,

Lisa
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Unread 06-13-2002, 03:43 PM
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Although I haven't had the surgery yet, I did ask my doctor how long I would be off work. He told me 6 weeks minimum. You need to check with your doctor & explain what you will be doing at your job. Ask him if he thinks you will be ready? He knows best given what will be done & how patients recover normally.

Becky
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Unread 06-13-2002, 04:01 PM
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Jacqui - "EEEEEEKKK" Work that quick!! I would not recommend that at all :caution: This is major surgery and even though your incision may heal @ about 2 weeks, the Dr will be doing a lot of cutting, which needs time to heal.

I'm a stay at home mom, so I didn't have to be concerned about going back to work, however, @ 3 weeks hubby had to drive me to my hair appt. At 4 weeks post-op, today was the first day I climbed the stairs without my body talking to me. I know our bodies are all different, but a summer day camp @ 3 weeks post-op, well talk to your doc & see what he says.

I wish you a speedy and uneventful recovery!!

Karen
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