Returning to work following laproscopic ovary removal.

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I underwent laparoscopic surgery 10 days ago.  I had a dermoid cyst on my left ovary which required removal of the ovary.  I also had both fallopian tubes removed.   They had to make a larger incision than planned (approximately 2"wink on my right lower side to get the cyst out.  I have some nausea when I wake up and painful bloating after I eat which gas pills tend to ease.  The incisions look good and are healing well.  I do get pains on my right side where the larger incision is as well as in the pelvis area, especially around my previous C-section scars.  I walk everyday and do very light housework but after about an hour of being on my feet, I get sore and very tired.  My post-op is in 2 days (Friday) and I am scheduled to return to work on Monday - at least that was what my doctor told me prior to the surgery.  I work in manufacturing and am required to lift up to 35lbs, climbing on equipment, up and down stairs, and 8 hours of standing and walking. I will not be allowed to return to work unless I am 100%.  I have read that the 2 week mark often refers to patients that have light duty or desk jobs. Am I being too optimistic that I will be able to return to work so soon?  I plan on discussing all of this with my doctor (I think he believes I have a light duty job), but would like some insight from women who have been through this.

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    I didn't have a large incension i had 3 small one i had my left ovary and tube taken out and i didn't go back to work in about a month after i had it done it take about 6 to 8 weeks before u are completely healed let your doctor know what kind of work u do and your body will let u know when u over do it hope u feel better

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      Thank you for the insight.  I was originally only supposed to have 4 small incisions and that is when he said 2 weeks recovery.  But he did tell me that once I got into surgery, things could change.
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    Yeah let your doctor know of how physical your job is. My incision is very extreme compared to yours, 15 inches so my restrictions are more extreme too. I was told 8 weeks to 50%, 1 year to 100%. I moved around too much yesterday and tore a part of my incision open, it was creepy. it wasn't too much so it closed back up since. But definitely take care of yourself it will make more problems in the long run if you move too fast. Communicate everything you can think of to your doctor.

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      Thanks, it's slow going but I think it'll be completely closed soon. My cyst weighed 33lbs (they estimated 15 lbs before surgery) and they suspected cancer (which it was) but they wanted to pull that cancer baby out without it busting so they needed a huge cut. It was crazy. I'm so glad it's gone though.

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