Sacrospinous Fixation

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Hi ladies, I'm now 7 weeks post op, can anyone give my any idea what I can do and what I cannot?

I'm still not doing any housework (like hoovering, ironing etc) but I am managing to cook our evening meal, altho it's mainly in a slow cooker or on the hob, I've not put anything heavy in the oven yet. I'm doing things like light dusting etc

Hubby keeps saying ...no .. no... don't be silly, when I go to do anything that's like laundry? What I am really asking ... am I being too careful? and should I be actually doing more around the home?

I also walk for about 20 minutes a day

Thanks for your help

Lyn xxx

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    Hi lyn,

    Your not being to careful, it's so very important to take progress slowly while listening g to your body to ensure successful repair.

    Sounds like you are on track for good strong recovery. I was doing about 2 x 20 min walks around 7 weeks post op. I also started swimming again around 7/8 weeks.

    Housework wise think I was doing small washings but only lifting a couple of wet things at a time to hang outside. I was ironing school uniform whole sitting around 7 weeks and if Iin right I was mopping/hoovering floors but only maybe doing one room a day.

    I was doing light meals but not lifting heavy pots (still can't lift heavy pots or casserole bowls).

    It really comes down to what your surgeon advised and how you feel yourself.

    Don't push yourself beyond what your body is comfortable doing.

    Take care,

    Phyl x

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    Hi Lyn,

    It sounds as though you are doing really well.

    I'm 11 days post op for the same operation as you plus posterior repair & perineorrhaphy. I was told to do as little as possible for 2 weeks then start to increase things gradually. You should be doing your pelvic floor exercises & you could start swimming if you have had your 6 week check & know things have healed. If you haven't had your check up I would chase them up as this will put your mind at rest.  

    This is my second surgery, I returned to work after 4 weeks the first time which I think was too soon so I have booked at least 8 weeks off this time. 

    Light housework is fine but hoovering you might want to leave for a while, you could always check with your physio. 

    Good luck.

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    Thanks ladies, i've not got a follow up appointment for the hospital yet, and I'm glad I'm not being too cautious although I'm trying a little bit more every day or two, if I do something that i shouldnt be doing I get the "well known" stabbing pain inthe right cheek of my bum.

    I don't feel as guilty now for not running around hoovering, laundry, walking 3 pooches (who pull on the lead) shopping on my own, and generally going full speed ahead 😀

    The next hurdle for me is driving, although I'm afraid of hurting my bottom with having my right foot on the excelerator and just get my confidence back again

    Take care ladies

    Lyn xxx

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    I would chase up your post-op appointment. Lots are done around 6wk date. But different countries and hospitals have different priorities. You could be doing 3 20min walks now. Also gradually starting to do a little more around the house. Hovering etc. is usually ok after 6wks. The driving restriction is because they think you won't be able to do an emergency stop up to 6wks. That involves slamming on the brakes. You can try that even by just sitting in your car. If you can do that, then you can drive. Still no heavy lifting. Do a few things out of washing machine to clothesline at a time so your not carrying heavy washing basket full of wet washing. Ironing now is fine. Heavy lifting is pretty much out forever. You could do grocery shopping as they tend to not make the bags too heavy anyway. Just carry one at a time but making sure each hasn't got too many heavier items in them. 

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      Thanks Robyn ... that helps me loads, I've been so careful as I'd hate to have to have this op done again, and it's been a long 7 weeks for someone who is usually very active.

      Going to sit in the car tomorrow and test the emergency stop ... and you may see a little speedy Gonzalez passing by 😂😂😂.

      Thanks for your help x

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    Just be really careful when you start shopping only a handful of light things to start with. One of the other ladies on the forum helped a friend with shopping and even though she was a few months post op she still re-prolapsed so need to always be aware of the weight issue and minimizer down pressure.

    X

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      Thanks Phyl, I'll leave the main shopping till hubby is with me, we usually go together at the weekend and have a coffee or bite to eat, but my main worry was ... am I being over cautious and I think feeling guilty not doing the heavy housework but I'm going to try a little more at a time and see how I go, I'd really hate to have this go wrong and end up having it done again.

      Lyn x

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    You're doing wonderfully and I love your sense of humour. You can also try stamping hard on the ground to see if that's possible cause if it is then you would be able to do an emergency stop. Most insurance companies won't cover you if you drive within first 6wks post-op, so you're outside of that now. You may want to check with your insurer. 

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    Well ladies, I've been in the car and had a drive, it felt so good to be free, I'm 7 weeks post op, and although I'm still being very careful I'm definately doing loads more, not done ironing, hoovering or ironing yet, but hubby is doing them .... he's just happy that I'm able to cook meals 😂😂

    I rang the consultants Secretary to find out when my post op appointment will be, she informed me that unless there is a problem (which there isnt) then my consultant leaves the follow up for 12 weeks, so that everything will be settled by then and its a 3 month recovery period, that made complete sense to me, she did say if I have any probs what so ever, then don't hesitate to either get in touch with my GP or give her a ring and she will make a nearer appointment for me.

    Today I've been out shopping with hubby, done bits and Bob's around the house and have been standing a long time in the kitchen ... and tonight I've had the warning ache that I've just done a little too much, so it's sofa time for me, but looking back to weeks ago .,, the progress is fabulous.

    Just listen to your own body girls, it tells you to rest xxx

    Good luck everyone xxx

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      Hi Lyndy,

      So glad to hear you are doing so well and continuing to be ever so careful it's so worth it in the long run, these repairs last so long as we listen to our bodies and learn what our own body can cope with and avoid any down pressure.

      Well done and keep us all up to date it's good to hear of positive outcomes.

      Take care x

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