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How long should I wait to return to work after a laparoscopy for endometriosis?

How long should I wait to return to work after a laparoscopy for endometriosis?

Depends: Some can return as early as the next day, but most will wait for at least 2 to 3 days before returning to work. I have my patient not lift anything above 10# nor do any abdominal exercises for 7 days to allow the stitches to heal. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Laparoscopy (Definition)

Laparoscopy involves placement of a small camera-scope into the abdominal cavity, most often at the belly button. This allows us to see and surgically rx many abdominal and pelvic diseases. This is combined with distinction of the abd cavity with co2 gas to create more space to work. This usually requires a general anesthetic, yet most people can go ...Read more


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How long need I wait to return to work after having a laparoscopy for endometriosis?

A few days: Clearly, it depends on your job--but most people are able to return to work in a few days after laparoscopy for endometriosis-unless the surgery was unusual in some way. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopy done on Tuesday. I am due to return to work as a flight attendant on Sunday. I am concerned by this as I still have all stitches.

I had a laparoscopy done on Tuesday. I am due to return to work as a flight attendant on Sunday. I am concerned by this as I still have all stitches.

Call the surgeon for: Calling the surgeon will more likely get a pertinent answer to your concern since s/he knows more about your individual situations of disorders and procedures. In general, as long as being tolerable with pain, getting better without fever, & understanding realistic expectation as counseled before procedures, the stitches should not pose an hindrance for returning to work. Best wish... ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopy 2 weeks ago and am due back to work, need more time?

I had a laparoscopy 2 weeks ago and am due back to work, need more time?

Maybe: Your recovery after laparoscopy will vary some based on the surgery you had. If you think you need more time, talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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I work as flight attendant lifting heavy containers, how long can I go back to work after dermoid ovarian ( with endometriosis ) laparoscopy?Thanks

I work as flight attendant lifting heavy containers, how long can I go back to work after dermoid ovarian ( with endometriosis )  laparoscopy?Thanks

4 weeks: The risk of hernias with laparoscopy is low but you should wait at least 4 weeks before starting to lift heavy objects again (>20lbs). ...Read more

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What is laparoscopy && how does it work?

What is laparoscopy && how does it work?

Minimally Invasive: Laparoscopy is a technique of performing surgical procedures where the surgeon uses a series of small incisions through which instruments and a camera are placed in order to perform a variety of operations. Carbon dioxide gas is used to fill the abdominal cavity in order to create room to see and maneuver the instruments, then removed and absorbed into the body at the end of the operation. ...Read more

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Can cysts return after a laparoscopy?

Can cysts return after a laparoscopy?

They can: Cysts, where ovarian, hepatic, mesenteric or otherwise can recur. It is unfortunate, but known. Best to discuss this with your surgeon and surgical team at the risk/benefit analysis appointment. For ovarian and hepatic cysts there are criteria to help determine this risk and guide indications for surgical intervention versus monitoring. Be well. ...Read more

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How long to wait before returning to work after laparoscopy for an ovary removed?

How long to wait before returning to work after laparoscopy for an ovary removed?

Laparoscopy: I tell my patients that do sit down jobs to return to work in 7-10 days. If you lift heavy objects or your job is physically demanding allow 2-3 weeks before returning to work. ...Read more

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How much time do I have to take off from work after having a laparoscopy for endometriosis ?

How much time do I have to take off from work after having a laparoscopy for endometriosis ?

A few days: I allow patients to return to work in 2-3 days if their jobs aren't physically demanding. For extensive surgery like laps/myomectomy longer may be advisable. Most patients feel good quickly, although minor aches and pains may continue. Surgeons, myself included, are opinionated: you need to ask yours what he/she prefers. ...Read more

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How long for period to return after laparoscopy myomectomy?

No change: As long as you were not put on hormones for the procedure it should not affect your period at all. If you were placed on a hormone when you stop the hormone you should get a period that week. ...Read more

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How long after ovarian dermoid laparoscopy can I go back to office work? Thanks!

How long after ovarian dermoid laparoscopy can I go back to office work? Thanks!

7 days: Laparoscopy gives the benefit of fast recovery. 1 week off would be ideal but some patients can get back even faster. As long as there is no heavy lifting involved. ...Read more

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After a laparoscopy appendectomy, when I can return to lift weights at the gym???

After a laparoscopy appendectomy, when I can return to lift weights at the gym???

This is not the appr: -priate venue 4 this answer. It would be doing you a disservice 2 answer it as none of us know the specifics of your case. You need 2 get this answer from your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had key hole laparoscopy surgery 7 weeks ago. Can I back to my gym routine? Like stretching, Yoga, Abs work out, Jogging, etc. Pls advise thank you

I had key hole laparoscopy surgery 7 weeks ago. Can I back to my gym routine? Like stretching, Yoga, Abs work out, Jogging, etc. Pls advise thank you

Depends.: Everyone heals at a different rate. Seven wks seems sufficient time for you to slowly return to your previous activities, but to be safe see your surgeon for a post op exam to clear you ...Read more

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I had laparoscopy ventrosuspension how long till im fit to work? I do a very manual lifting job

I had laparoscopy ventrosuspension how long till im fit to work? I do a very manual lifting job

Only your MD: Only your surgeon can answer post OP follow up and your answers including sexual activity . Most of the surgical procedures completion of healing occurs with in 6 wks , but each surgeon will tailer the activity based on individual needs . Speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long will I need to recover from a diagnostic laparoscopy? And return to nursing assistant job?

How long will I need to recover from a diagnostic laparoscopy? And return to nursing assistant job?

It depends on: what they do. A diagnostic lap in itself just means putting a camera to look inside the abdominal cavity. If that is all they do, then you should have a very short recovery time. Usually no heavy lifting is recommend for 2 weeks (nothing > 15-20lbs). Often more is done than just looking, and the length of recovery depends on what else is done (bowel resection, lysis of adhesions, etc). Good luck! ...Read more

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June 2013 i had laparoscopy to remove multiple ovarian cysts, tomorow i'm due for another one. How soon do they return? i'm in severe pain, 28yo

June 2013 i had laparoscopy to remove multiple ovarian cysts, tomorow i'm due for another one. How soon do they return? i'm in severe pain, 28yo

May not ever return: Ovarian cysts generally develop during each menstrual cycle, in young women. Frequently one cyst per cycle becomes dominant and may enlarge to the point of discomfort prior to ovulation. There are many other causes of pelvic pain (scar tissue, endometriosis, infection). There is a good chance that your cysts may play only a small role in your pain. Cyst removal/ surgery may not always be needed. ...Read more

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I'm scheduling surgery to have a golfball sized cyst removed by laparoscopy from my right ovary. How long should I plan to be off of work?

I'm scheduling surgery to have a golfball sized cyst removed by laparoscopy from my right ovary. How long should I plan to be off of work?

Depends.: Good planning! It depends on the physical requirements of your job. Be sure to ask the surgeon. You can leave a message at his office about it and the staff can ask and then relay the information to you. Remember, there are no guarantees, you may feel better sooner than others, or you may have complicating factors that change this time period. Or the surgery may be more involved than expected ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Laparoscopic Surgery (Definition)

Laparoscopy is a form of less invasive abdominal or pelvic surgery that uses instruments placed inside ...Read more