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Unread 04-01-2003, 05:13 PM
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I'm scheduled for my hyst on April 11th. It will be a complete hyst due to my Endo being back for the 3rd time and cysts on my ovaries. B/C & Lupron don't work for me. Since those don't work here are my options...live with the pain until I go into menapause naturally, live on pain pills, or have a hyst. I'm scared because it's a major surgery. The doctor is going to do a laproscopy first to see if he can do it vaginally and if he can't he will do the bikini cut. This is a new doctor going off my most recent operative report from my most recent lap so he doesn't know exactly what to expect. The recovery time is what scares me...I have a 2 yr old. If it is done vaginally what is the expected recovery time? If it is abdominally what is the recovery time? I have an office job so how long before I go back to work?

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Unread 04-01-2003, 05:29 PM
hyst scheduled-scared

Hi Amy:
I'm also having my hysterectomy on April 11th. I don't have endo, but my surgery sounds something like yours. They'll do the TVH unless my fibroids are too large, then they'll resort to a bikini cut. My Dr. told me that it depends on the woman, but some are able to go back to work (desk job) in 2-4 weeks. I work in a factory that doesn't have light duty, so I am looking at 6 weeks. I am getting nervous, but I am looking forward to less pain and no more monthly miseries ! Best wishes! And try not to worry too much, but be sure to take it easy and not try to rush things after your surgery.
Unread 04-01-2003, 06:06 PM
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Hi Sue,

I guess that makes us princess sisters on the 11th. I will keep you in my prayers that all goes well with you also. Thank you for the input. I'm with you on finally no more pain. I can't take it anymore. I'm 32 and have been told I'm too young for the hyst...but my home life is suffering because of my pain. I want to sleep all the time, I'm grouchy, don't want sex because it's too painful. I'm scared because of the surgery but, also it is so final with no more kids. I have 3 kids...12, 10, & almost 2 so I've been blessed.
My loan officer plans on bringing files over to my house for me to review. I just can't see how I could possibly miss more that 2 weeks.
If you have a physical job you definitely have to make sure you are healed. Hopefully you get short term disability thru work or something. I'm straight commission but the manager so I will make money from my loan officers just not as much as if I was working.
Let me know how your surgery goes. I'm sure we will both be out of it for awhile.

Take care!
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Unread 04-01-2003, 06:32 PM
hyst scheduled-scared

My surgery is on April 14th...cysts on ovary...had a hyst 3 yrs ago removing my remaining ovary ....scared too.....had adhesions, and internal bleeding after hyst im a total wreck in fear of it happening again
Unread 04-01-2003, 06:36 PM
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I am so sorry i have been so self absorbed...everyone is so different honey...I was 48 when i had my hysterectomy...Just trust your doc, in fact u can look up his credentials on the comp.. Im sure you are healthier than I am... dont worry... please good luck to both of u!! My daughters birthday is april 11th her name is april she will be 29 I have a son 33 a doctor!
Unread 04-01-2003, 08:56 PM
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Sounds like April 11th is going to be a busy day in OR! I, too am having my surgery TVH, cysto & rectocele repair and TVT bladder suspension.

If your surgery is done vag, my doctor told me to expect to feel like I just had a baby. I think I can handle that. I was told I'd be off work for 6 weeks, but my job keeps me on my feet for 8 to 12 hours.
Unread 04-01-2003, 08:56 PM
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It's hard to predict any one person's recuperation/recovery time and how soon you can comfortably go back to work probably depends on both your specific recovery and your job.

Many of us have short, uneventful recoveries, even if we're older (I'm 50, and in generally good health). I had surgery 2/28 at 2 pm (TAH, bikini cut), was home Sunday by noon, off oral narcotics the next day and just taking ibuprofen. I was keeping up with work essentials by e-mail and phone starting 4 days after surgery, back in the office for 1/2 days starting 21 days after surgery, and back in the classroom 3 1/2 weeks after (I'm a college professor). At 4 1/2 weeks now, I'm back full time and feeling fine. I do get tired easily, but just make sure I get sufficient rest. If I start hurting, I sit or recline as soon as I can.

Others have longer recovery times. You should do what's right for you. Listen to your body and stop when it starts hurting. I think it helped that for the first week I did nothing but rest, walk a bit several times a day, drink plenty of fluids, and eat well. The second week I was up and around more, and the third week I started having short excursions. For me, that seemed to give my body time to start healing and then slowly start building up stamina. I felt a good surge in energy levels at the end of 4 weeks.

A good attitude helps immensely - and so does a good support system. The week before surgery is the absolute pits - but it'll go by fairly quickly and things are much better on the other side. The support you get from this site is also invaluable!

Good luck to you.
Unread 04-01-2003, 09:10 PM
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April 11 must be the lucky number. I am also having mine that day. Good luck to all of you. I know we can get through this.


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