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When can I return to work after my hysterectomy?

The length of time you need to fully recover after a hysterectomy before returning to work will depend on a variety of different factors, such as what sort of operation you had, what sort of work you do and how you travel to work.

Generally, those who have more physically demanding or stressful jobs will need longer to recover than those who are mostly sitting at a desk in a comfortable office environment. If you travel by public transport then you may want to consider finding alternative travel options or extending your recovery period. Finally, you will need longer if you have an abdominal hysterectomy than if you have a vaginal hysterectomy or laparascopic hysterectomy.

 

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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  1. Hi I am 8 wks post abdominal hysterectomy & thinking of returning to work. My abdomen is still feeling sore to touch but I’m wondering if this is just something I have to get used to. I am a nurse but not doing ward work. I am able to walk 3miles at a time but don’t want to go back before I’m ready – any advice?

  2. I had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy on the 9th June 2016 i also had my cervix removed,I am due to return to work on the 24th July 2016, i work for a supermarket, and my job in-tails a lot of bending,lifting heavy boxes and on my feet for 6 hours a shift, I still have slight pain,where the cervix was removed. what should i do? The nurse at my doctors practice said after 6 weeks i will be fine

  3. I AV just had a lap 3 weeks ago when can I start hoisting my daughter she’s in a wheelchair

  4. i work in a office and thinking about having this done and wanted to know when i could go back to work if i did this

  5. I have just had an laparoscopic hysterectomy, and was wondering when I will be fit enough to return to work? I work as a cook and stand for up to 7 hours a day, also I am required to lift heavy pans, sacks of potatoes etc and do not want to return too soon.

    Thanks

  6. I had laparoscopic hysterectomy on Aug 10 , I am a patient care tech which sometimes I have to pull patients up the bed or help them get out of bed which sometimes is very strenuous is 4weeks enough time for me to go back to my normal duties at work.

  7. I had an abdominal supra cervical hysterectomy on 8/27/15. Doc says 3 weeks off. I am an international flight attendant on 15+ hour flights to China and India non stop out of NYC. Lifting luggage bending and on my feet for extended periods of time is in my job description. My incision was complicated by large haematoma. I’m not sure 3 weeks is long enough. Can I do damage to myself if I follow those drs. orders?

  8. I was just wondering about returning to work. I am 6 weeks post op with everything gone. I work as a TA in a primary school with 10 year olds , can I go back at 8 weeks post op. My follow up appointment isn’t until 20/8/15.

    Thank you

  9. Thanks for the info,what a great site.
    I am 38, and I have just had laproscopic hysterectomy, with ovaries in tact. All went well. I had some trouble balancing the rest with the walking this week, (currently on day 13) but I’m feeling ok, despite over doing it a couple of times.
    I work in fashion retail, and and planning on doing justo2x 3hour shifts a week, on the fifth week nf my recovery. Thoughts?

  10. I’m a 55 year old female and have just had a total abdominal hysterectomy. I am a nurse and work full time. What would be the recommended return to work time be .

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