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Unread 12-12-2002, 10:55 AM
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I will be finding out tomorrow when my surgery will be scheduled. I have two jobs and would like to know how much time I should take off after surgery. Both of my employers are very supportive, and I just need to give them some idea of how much time I will need off to recooperate.
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Unread 12-12-2002, 11:22 AM
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It depends somewhat on which type of procedure you are having, but the general guidelines are 6-8 weeks. There are lots if internal stitches that have to heal - we expect that at 6 weeks we have healed 50%. And, complete healing takes 6 months to a year. So, it is important to rest with your feet up and follow your doctor’s instructions in regard to weight limits for lifting, etc. Taking good care of yourself in the beginning of recovery will lessen the total recovery time; and, hopefully, swelly belly will not last as long.

Best wishes!
Unread 12-12-2002, 02:53 PM
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Hi pinkkat. Hope all goes well for you!

I am starting my post-op week 4 and will go back to work in another week and a half. 4 - 6 weeks is what I was told for time off for an abdominal hysterectomy, and at the rate I am recovering that seems to fit for me. I would take more time, though, if I weren't going back to a very light winter-break work load (I work in the public schools) and the extra holiday time off. While I am no longer in pain, can drive again, etc I get tired much faster than I used to, still, and need to take it very easy. Your body will tell you when you're ready!

Really it depends very much on four things: 1, what kind of surgery you have (vaginal or abdominal) and whether there are any complications; 2, your age and general state of health; 3, your personal healing process, and 4, what kind of work you do (sedentary vs. standing vs. using all kinds of muscles) and how much stress it entails. Even if you sit all day, if your job is high stress, it will exhaust you. Long after the pain is gone, your stamina will be far less than it was. Surgery affects your whole body, not just the incision site -- I hadn't thought about it that way, but it's true.

Please give yourself permission to take the time you need.

Warmly, Rosy

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