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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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      Lirasgirl33

      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 9 years ago
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      Ivy

      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 9 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar
      Cindy

      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 9 years ago

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