Question for those who have undergone Laproscoptic (robotic) Myomectomy

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I've posted a few times on here but I have not updated anyone on much-  life has been crazy. 

I have one pretty large 8 x 7 x 7 cm fibroid on the top of my uterus, partially embeded. My doctor told me I should be a candidate for the Laproscopic (robotic) myomectomy, which generally yields a faster recovery period than the open abdominal myomectomy.  I go for an MRI tomorrow and a surgical consult on Jan 4th to discuss and confirm a plan with a surgeon. 

I wanted to ask a few questions to those who have undergone this specific procedure: 

From your experience, how long was your total recovery time?  

Specifically, how long before you could return to work? 

(I have an office job, its not strenuous work, but I want to know when I can expect to return from medical leave)

How long before you were able to exercise without limitations?

When did the pain start to subside for you?

And finally, this question is more of a vanity question but my stomach is protruding a bit from where this fibroid is sitting-  I was wondering if anyone has experienced any "deflation" of the stomach after having their fibroid(s) removed?  I wonder about loose skin/abdominal muscle structure etc.

Anyyyyyyy tips for recovery would be greatly appreciated too!  This whole thing is so crazy for me.  I've gotten a lot of encouragement on here but I definitely could use all the help I can get.

Thank you in advance!!!! and thank goodness for this site!!

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    Hope it all goes well for you im 1 week 3 days recovery after a hysterectomy mi e was size of a yellow melon it was inside my womb it was stuck fast so took a bit work getting it out as for deflation i looked 5 to 6mth pregnant my stomach has totaly went down along with the bloating feeling im just glad to be rid ov mt little devil hope what ever treatment you get works
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      Thank you for your reply!  Wow I'm so glad they removed that from you!  I compare mine to a large lemon or a small oblong orange, lol. This invader scares the crap out of me, but I'm really hoping to see an improvement in my health after this is all over. I've had bizarre symptoms for the past year and seen many specialists who could not figure out why I felt "unwell"  

      I'd even been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by one doctor-   turns out a routine gyn exam was all I needed to find that I'm growing a fruit-sized lump in my belly!

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      I was back and forth to my doctor for 5y with horrific periods i couldnt go out without clean clothes in my bag the pain backache then i went to doctor just last november was a doctor i never saw b4 she sent me rite for a scan and thats when the fybroud was descoverd no wonder i looked pregnant here was me starving myself to loose the waight but nothing ever worked now i know why lol am just glad im recovering well dont get me wrong when i woke up the pain was bad but the nurses were sooooo lovely was only in hospital fir 2 days even tho i had to have abdomial surgery. Bur like i say i had no option because it was so big just glad its all over

      No more periods snd having to carry clean pants and jeans everywhere glad you have had some options

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    Hi Cygnax

    I had a laparoscopic myomectomy on the 7th December (non robotic).

    In terms of my recovery to date pain has been minimal I was surprised as I expected to be in a lot of pain for longer.

    Recovery time has gone well the Nurse at my GP practice was impressed at how well I was doing after a week and then again at two weeks when she checked my wounds and changed the dressing.

    The worst thing is the gas they inflate your abdomen with and getting rid of it at three weeks it's only now fully gone. Your tummy also will be very descended so although you can move around and be fairly independent on week 2/3 you need someone to stay with you if you live alone.

    On exercise I would wait until your post op consult which should be around 6 weeks after the procedure.

    I will keep you posted on the deflation at 3 weeks my stomach is back to where it was but still a little swollen so hopefully I'll have lost an inch or so as my biggest fibroid was similar in size to your own.

    My main tip is to actually rest and eat well.

    Hope this reply helps a little.



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    Hi ,

    Sorry to hear about your op . I'm now three weeks post open myomectomy . I'm struggling a lot with the recovery as I'm such an active person and my surgeon told me six weeks absolutely nothing ,not even walking so it sucks in a big way.

    However, on a more positive note , your tummy will definitely go back to normal , mine was protruding aswell from a very large fibroid and it's almost back to normal already .

    I'm thinking of starting work next week, just a few hours a day as I can sit down . Anything at this point to break the boredom 😩

    I do hope it goes well for you and concentrate on feeling much better after its done .

    All the best

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      Hi lizzy glad you are getting there i cant do anything either its driving me crazy as im always out somewhere its cracking me up and thats only after 1 week cant wait till its all finished with and back to normal keep well
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      Hi Fiona,

      I know it's soooooo hard right now not to just get going again but keep telling myself to be sensible sad

      I'm hoping these last few weeks hurry up lol

      All the best to you !

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      I feel like I'm going to go crazy from boredom!

      How about mobility?   I don't know if I'll be able to have someone with me at all times- my husband also works full time during the day.  He's going to be with me the first couple days, but do you think I'll be able to get to the bathroom myself and such? I have a one-floor house.

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      You'll be fine , just get loads of magazines and box sets to keep you going .

      Honestly , for the first at least three days I needed my mum with me all day as it was hard getting meals organised and stuff like that . Make sure you have everything within easy reach before he goes to work and I'm sure you'll be fine .

      I hope it all goes well and any questions at all let me know

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