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    Recovery from surgery

    Asked by Ivy on Saturday, March 3, 2012

    Recovery from surgery

    Will have robotic surgery for endometrial cancer soon. Can someone offer experience immediately following hospital release? How much assistance is needed at home during the first week?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had several different types of surgery during my treatment. Some I was down from work for almost a month, others, I went back the next few days. Since I didn't have your type of surgery I'm no help. But the robotic surgerys are supposed to be much less invasive and less hard on you,hopefully you will be back in no time. Someone surely has had that type of surgery on here.

      over 4 years ago
    • Indyeastside's Avatar

      Robotic surgery for me went very well. Was up and walking a few hours after recovery. I had a catheter-caused me a lot of discomfort (prostate cancer)

      Clean wounds-quick healing.

      I went back to work after a month, but mainly catheter issues held me up-had some stitches that opened and took longer to heal.

      Good luck and wish you a quick recovery.

      over 4 years ago
    • pakb56's Avatar

      I think a lot of that depends on what you are having done. I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in early December. My path was a little different. I had 2 biopsies that both came back negative so my gyn performed the surgery to remove the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes laproscopically.

      It was on my follow up that I received the news I had cancer. I was referred to a gyn oncologist who did a robotic lymph node biopsy.

      Now the laporscopic surgery went great. Very little pain or issues. For the robotic, I have 5 perfect 1 inch incisions where 21 lymph nodes were removed. Recovering from that was not so great. Moving around, getting up and down was a challenge for weeks.

      I could not understand why it was so bad. However, on my follow up visit, I found out my doctor removed a lot of scar tissue I had from a previous surgery (little bit of information my husband forgot to tell me). So, for me, I think it was a combination of that and having 2 surgeries so close together.

      The other thing I attributed it to is the location of the incisions. My laporscopic had the incisions in the pelvic area whereas my lymph node biopsy has the incisions more across my mid-abdomen which gets a lot more movement!

      There was one lymph node positive for cancer cells so I am having chemo/radiation/chemo. I am going for my second chemo infusion on Wednesday.

      You will find a lot of great information on this board as well as on the Cancer Survivors Network http://csn.cancer.org/. The CSN board has cancer specific discussion boards. If you post this on the other board, I am certain you will get many responses from others that have dealt with the same surgery.

      I read and search the boards daily and take advantage of the experiences others before me have had. We all react differently, but at least you have an idea of what you MIGHT expect. I like this because I am prepared for about anything.

      I hope all goes well with your surgery.

      Take care,

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I had a radical hysterectomy where my cervix, uterus,fallopian tubes and ovaries were removed along with 14 lymph nodes. My incision was from my pubic bone to about 3 inches below my rib cage. I've found the healing process to be easier than expected. It's been about 5 weeks since my surgery and I've only had mild pain and some issues with my digestive system (mainly acid indigestion and gas). I made sure to avoid greasy food and foods that produce a lot of gas.

      During the first 3 weeks is when I needed more help. Help preparing meals, getting up from bed or the couch, taking me to doc appointments. In 2 days I will start radiation and chemo treatments.

      I know this isn't the same type of surgery but hope my info helped in some way. Wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      Thanks to you all for responding. Although your surgeries and answers are different, your postings give me a better range of what we might expect. This will be a radical hysterectomy, and hopefully, no larger incisions will be needed than those of the robotic plans. However, it is impossible to know prior to the actual surgery.

      Were you able to climb stairs (bedrooms upstairs) and handle bathrooms independently? Trying to anticipate whether hiring extra help is needed while husband is at work.

      Thanks again.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I had a total abdominal hysterectomy with my fallopian tubes, ovaries, tumor removed, and debulking. I was in the hospital 5 days. By the time I left the hospital, I was able to go to the bathroom independently. I was able to walk very short distances but was not up to climbing stairs. I had a foley catheter so I didn't have to go to the bathroom very often. The foley and staples were removed a week and a half after the surgery. We do not have any stairs in our house. I went to work (desk job) after 3 weeks and was able to climb the stairs up to my second floor office. I may have went back to work too soon because I had a bad backache after sitting all day long and took the next day off but was back to work the day after that. Also, I was told no lifting anything over 10 pounds for 6 weeks.

      over 4 years ago

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