Hi there, I had a unilateral Salpingo oophorectomy last December. I am now 30 but was 29 at the time. They had to remove what turned out to be a borlerline tumour from my RH ovary. ( only giving the detail as you dont mention your own circumstances so you can compare) It depends whether you have the mocroscope surgery or the major ( open wound) surgery. I had to have both within 2 months of each other. But the recovery from the keyhole surgery is far easier than the recovery from the major surgery, as you would expect. After the keyhole surgery ( this was for investigation only in my case, but some ovary removal surgery can be done using this method too) i was back at work after 2 weeks, and feeling much better after one week. You cannot drive for a number of weeks, this is dependent on the advice of your surgeon/doc depending on post op recovery. After the major surgery, you cant drive for at least 6 weeks. I have an office based job, and was back at work after 11 weeks, i found that a shower was difficult for the first week or so, as i have a "shower over bath" arrrangement and it was near on impossible to climb into the bath. You will possibly need a little help with dressing/washing, not necessarily to the point where someone has to wash you, but certainly to grab the towel/get your clothes etc, as lifting and stretching are not possible, and can cause more harm than good particularly in the first few weeks. If you have young children/grandchildren ( sorry im not sure what age bracket you fall into you will not be able to look after them on your own. My son is 7 and although he is more than capable, if he had got into trouble, I wouldnt have been able to help him out. i think recovery time can be much longer, and consider myself to have been very fortunate in recovery from the op, although it didnt feel like it for the first few weeks! If you are having keyhole surgery, you should feel reassured, at least from my experience, this is much preferred to open surgery. If it is open surgery, be prepared to REST. As tempting as it is in the hours of boredom and frustration at not even being able to make a cup of tea, it will be of so much more benefit to you to resist that temptation and allow yourself some "me" time for a good recovery. I hope your operation goes well - when are you going in? I am sure you will also find many others on this site who are able to give you some excellent information about recovery after the operation too.
Tracy has given you excellent advice.
I had a hysterectomy to remove a borderline tumour and then a second procedure 5 months later to investigate why I had terrible pain. I got over the first operation slowly but very well. The second , when the large midline incision was almost fully reopened) , took far more out of me than I expected. It was a good six weeks before I felt anywhere normal and I would say at least a year to a year and a half after the second operation that I felt OK.
I went balk to work to an office based job six weeks after the second op , but on a very slow gradual return to work.I was 48 at the time , but was super fit before all of this.
Alot also depends on the skill of the surgeon. I found that gynae surgeons tend to be alot more skilled than "general" surgeons , I'm sure you will be operated on by a gynaecologist.
Be sure to warn your employers that you will be off for at least six weeks and if you have an occupational health department consider speaking to them , mine was fantastic.This has all been a big shock for you , so take things very easy.
I hope it all goes well for you.
Many thanks for your replies, advice and information. I had a laparoscopy and cystectomy in january for endometriosis and what turned out to be a borderline ovarian tumour on my left ovary, which is likely what has reoccured - hence the oophorectomy. Am having a frozen section so biopsy during the op and although i know they try and do it all keyhole, there's always the chance of going to open.
I was off for 2 weeks after my lap, and it wasn't until the 2nd week i started to feel any better, so guessing recovery may be a bit longer this time.
I am 30 years old, no children and lucky to have a very caring husband who looked after me wonderfully last time.
Thanks again for your replies and good wishes.
Hi there, I am at home recovering from a bilateral laparascopic oophorectomy and have to say I am really shocked at how painful and long the recovery is. My surgeon told me recovery would be one week and then I could go back to work and I could be released the same day of my op!! Well, the truth is I stayed in overnight and was discharged the next day when I really did not feel up to it, I could barely walk and was in agony. I am now entering week 3 of recovery and still not up to going back to work (I had told my employers that I would be off for between one and two weeks) and cannot foresee going back for at least another week or so. I know everyone is different but must say that this is the most painful op I've ever had, the pain has been excrutiating (I've also had 2 ops for cervical cancer). I dont want to scare anyone but want to be honest. I was pressured by my surgeon to have it as I have BRCA1 but in hindsight wish I hadnt, my sister who was considering it has now decided not to have it seeing the pain I'm in.
I hope you are all recovering better than me although reading internet blogs most people are saying 4-6 weeks so I have no idea why my surgeon told me one week - I will be bringing it up with her during our next consultation. The only positive is that so far I've had no meno symptoms at all!
I do want to stress that everyone is different and dont want to frighten anyone but also feel if I had been more informed of the recovery I would have been better prepared
Good luck to all of you and I hope you sail through recovery xxx
I had both ovaries and my tubes removed due to the discovery of two masses in my ovaries. I don't know why this lady has had so much pain, but perhaps my story can help.
Right after surgery, I was in a moderate amount of pain, but as time went on the pain became worse and worse. After a day of this, I got the feeling that perhaps the pain was related to having gas. They have to pump air into your incision to see what they are doing, and I was unable to expel this air (this is a polite way of saying "fart"). The doctors encouraged me to walk around the hospital floor and then I would be able to fart. That didn't work and as I got back to my room, I remembered that this had ocurred to me once before, and I had bent over thinking that might help me fart. I bent over, and sure enough, the air was expelled.
So, I bent over my hospital bed, and what do you know? The floodgates opened. I had to beg the forgiveness of my roommate, but now that I had they answer, I bent over whenever I felt the pain coming back. I don't know if your pain is the result of having unexpelled gas, but try my method. After a while, I found that I had to sort of pump my body by standing erect, then bending over several times. Almost any position can do it. I also tried leaning over to my left and right, and that helped too.
I had been encouraged to have my ovaries removed over a year ago, because I had the BRCA1 gene. I am very sorry now that I didn't do it then, because now I have ovarian cancer, and the doctors have found that the cancer may have spread to two other organs. As you know, ovarian cancer does not have a good prognosis. Please tell your sister to have the surgery now, before she develops this terrible cancer. I know she may be scared by how much pain you are having, but that does not compare to the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
I recently found out I have the BRACA 1 gene, things have progressed very quickly and I now have had both overies and fallopian tubes removed. The operation took place on Thursday afternoon, it is now Sunday and I can honestly say I feel fantastic! Uncomfortable and a bit of pain but nothing that I cannot handle. I am going for a bilateral masectomy as soon as I can. I am fit and healthy right now and I believe that I am fortunate to have found out I have this gene as I can get over these operations, I am not so sure I can recover from the aggresive cancer I have a huge possibility of getting. I watched my mum dying, both of her sisters died the same way in a very short time. That is not an option for this chic. Everyone has their own opinion on how to handle the information they have and make informed choices. I would go back into hospital tomorrow to have the next operation done. Severe as it is I want to be back on track to health as soon as possible. I hope the angels are watching and everything that is taken from me is clear of cancer. This is my way of saying NO to it.... I am booked up to go back to Phuket Thailand for Christmas and I have NO intention of cancelling. I am scared but for me there is no other choice.... My thoughts and Prayers are with everyone fighting cancer and wish them all a speedy recovery XXX