Here's a question for all of you OB-GYN nurses, as well as anyone who's gone through a hysterectomy: How long does it REALLY take to get back to normal after the surgery? I'm probably going to have it done sometime in the next 60 days and I will need to go back to work ASAP, but I'm told it may take as long as 4-8 weeks before I'll be able to do so.
Due to our finances, such a long layoff is NOT an option. I'm 44 and considerably overweight, but I take vitamins and am generally fairly healthy except for some HTN, which is controlled with meds. It took me a full 10 days to feel normal after a laser surgery for kidney stones last year, but overall I tend to heal quickly. I do need the surgery---I have frequent pelvic pain due to fibroids and I bleed more or less all the time, although I'm no longer anemic thanks to large doses of iron.
Also, does anyone have any suggestions as to how to shorten the recovery time? (Other than losing about 100# in 2 months, which is physically impossible.) THANX!!
Dec 21, '02
I had one, and I would also advise you to check out the above site reccomended. I found the site very helpful in reading other women's account of their inpending surgery, and recovery. Very supportive site.
I was out for 6 weeks, and I'm was much older than you when I had mine done, also d/t fibroids. I did have a problem with BP elevation while in recovery, but was a one time event. I even moved about three weeks into recovery, and probably came back too early to work. But hey we do what we have to do. I know I did too much waaay before I should have, but no real harm done, as I could tell. I felt one hundred percent better, and lost a lot of weight! Had to buy new clothes...:chuckle! I have lost no interest in relationships, and feel I got a new lease on life! That is after I got over the hot flashes, I thought were gong to drive me crazy!!! I took depo injections to stop my menses to help me hold out until I was ready to have the surgery. My GYN was pretty scared for me, but I maanged to do things my way....:chuckle I guess my being so stubborn paid off for once...
I must add that I had my ovaries left intact, which probably accounts for my continued interest in relationships, and I only had a subtotal Abd Hys. Meaning my cervix was left to prevent a freq complication of having the bladder prolaspe, and other complications. Which means I still have to have paps, but I felt it was worth it not to have a problem that occurs too freguently in some woman.
Last edit by Brownms46 on Dec 21, '02