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Unread 03-25-2003, 03:48 PM
I'd love your imput Girls


I haven't posted in a while, but have been really helped by catching up each day on what you girls have had to say, my Gyny was amazed at my knowledge of Endo and all the mess that goes with it.

I am having a laparascopy on 13th May, I have returning endo, lots of bowel problems that I believe may be adhesions again. If my new Gyny (had to get a new one the old one was killed in a hit and run, but thats another story) gets in there and it's real bad she will have to recut my Hyster scar, so I understand that will be a longer recovery.

What I need to know is do you girls think that if she is able to do it keyhole, then would I be well enough for a flight to London from Sydney Australia, three weeks post op, as that is when we are due to go? My Hubby will do all the carrying and lifting but I'm concerned about the flight and DVT,

I'd really appreciate any imput from you lovely ladies.

Have a terrific day.
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Unread 03-25-2003, 05:51 PM
I'd love your imput Girls

Piggly Wiggly,
I think that is a good question to ask your doctor. I think that it would probably depend on how much work the doctor has to do.

I have heard of sisters travelling at that time period after a hyst, but I wouldn't recommend it. Last year I had an incision revision and neuroma removal and really didn't feel like travelling at 3 weeks post op. I suppose if I had had a trip planned previously I probably would've went, but I certainly didn't feel like it and probably wouldn't have enjoyed myself very much.

That said, everyone is different so I really do think you should check with the

Best wishes on your upcoming surgery. I hope the doctor is able to bring you some relief
Unread 03-25-2003, 11:52 PM
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I agree with ((Kim)) on this one, your DR is the one who should help you make this decision.

Some things to consider:

Type of surgery you end up needing

Length of flight and type of seating you have chosen-I'm not sure I could have handled a long flight cramped up this last surgery(but that's me)

Will you be able to get lots of breaks and rests on the trip?

How long will you be gone? A long trip would have been extremely tiring especially if you have sleeping issues away from home.

Again, these are just a few of my thoughts and everyone truly is different in their recoveries.

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Unread 03-26-2003, 02:40 AM
Thanks Girls


I realise that if she has to do the bigger op and recut my hyster scar I will not be able to go, she said that would be at least 6 weeks recovery.

She did say that if she could do it with just the four little cuts it would be one week recovery. Her receptionist told me on the phone that, as this Doc specialises in Endo and is very good at it, nearly all her patients get away with the little cuts.

It will be a long haul flight, we are looking at 20 hours flight time, with just a refuelling stop. I am planning on getting up and walking around the plane every hour that I am awake. I don't really want to cancel the trip as it is to a school reunion in the UK, these are friends and family I haven't seen in 33 years.

I will check with Doc, but am wondering if anyone else has flown after a lap and survived? LOL

Thanks heaps,
Unread 03-26-2003, 03:33 AM
Can you cancel the surgery until after...

I travelled from Sydney to Monaco via Heathrow 6 months before my op and was in a very bad way by the time I got to London because I was on primulet N + bc pills and to be honest I wouldn't risk that again unless I was medication free and in good health. I spent my stop over in London holed up in my hotel room with severe swelling and bruising on my legs even though I got up and moved around as often as possible during the flight which is not good at all. DVT is a huge risk if you're on medication and I personally think that 3 weeks post op even from lap surgery would be too early to travel long haul. I had a laparoscopic hyster 5 months ago and am pretty sure although I felt great I would not have been able to travel long haul that soon afterwards.

Is travelling business class an option for you? I know it's expensive but I think it would be worth it simply not to be as cramped as in economy.

Obviously only your doctor can tell you for certain whether or not you'd be able to fly so soon after surgery but is post-poning surgery an option for you?

Personally I wouldn't risk it given my previous experience travelling while not entirely healthy but I hope you can go.
Unread 03-26-2003, 04:30 AM
Unfortunately not

My first thought was to pospone the surgery, but I would have to wait another three months for it. The Gyny and the Bowel surgeon (to be on standby) are both going on holidays.

It's looking like I'll just have to wait and see how I feel afte the op.

Thanks for your input

Unread 03-26-2003, 08:24 AM
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If you don't have to have bowel surgery, you might be just fine. I was dancing a week after every endo lap I've had. All I had was endo removed and some soft adhesions removed or cut (uncluding one that had put a hairpin turn in my colon. Boy was that nice to get rid of!)

Now, take this with a grain of salt, EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT! EVERY SURGERY IS DIFFERENT! But it is not out of the question that you will be feeling fine by three weeks. Certainly the post-op gas should be gone by then, and that is the real pain.
Unread 03-26-2003, 09:12 AM
travelling may be a problem

First, I must agree with all the sisters who have advised you to discuss the matter with your doctors.

But, from experience, I can say that they are not always fully cognizant of all the possibilities.
I had a vertical banded gastoplasty in July of 1998 and had to travel to Hawaii for 3 weeks on business over Labor Day (Sept 5). The trip was fine, I was eating, resting and walking as I should be, but clothes were a problem. I was still swollen from the movement of all those organs and quite uncomfortable. In addition, having to wear pantyhose each day caused a portion of my incision to be rubbed raw. I have a very ugly scar as a result of it.

I am not sure how this may relate to your incisions, but it is just another annoying detail to be aware of and take into consideration. Some additional precautions may be necessary. Consider your travel wardrobe and be sure to bring some soft padding ( I use a men's handkerchief to this day) to cushion your incisions.

Good luck! I hope it all works out well for you, both surgery wise and travel wise.
Unread 03-26-2003, 04:01 PM
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Hi piggly from another ex pom in aus!

I had a lap for adhesions and returning endo two weeks ago tomorrow. Ovaries were removed as they were "stuck". First week I felt sore but reasonably OK and got back to a few normal routines.

Since then I am sorry to say have felt like poop and have developed a hematoma and probable infection so am now on antibiotics. Quite possibly because I overdid it first week??? (oooooooops).

I assumed it would be just like my four previous diagnostic laps but of course this was operative and so somewhat different.

I guess what I am saying is that it might be hard to make a decision right away after surgery as you may take a while to even figure out how well you feel (or you will if you are like me - god forbid LOL). As all the other ladies have said EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!!!

If you do decide to take the trip remember to prebook your seat with the airline so you get an aisle if you need it to get up and wander. Or better ask for a bulkhead seat - more legroom.

I do hope you make it to the reunion in good health and good spirits! I went back to "blighty" for one a few years back and it was a hoot.

Good luck and here's hoping we both come out of this pain free!!!

Unread 03-26-2003, 07:50 PM
You Gals are great

Thanks again ,

I will just see how I am when the times comes, I just wanted to know if it was still possible to go.

You Girls have given me some hope, I now will just wait and see but plan my trip incase.

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply,

Have a great day,


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