Gynecologic Surgery and Time Off Work: What To Know

Gynecologic surgery effectively treats noncancerous conditions affecting the female reproductive system — including menstrual problems, pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroids, and ovarian cysts. A qualified gynecologist performs gynecologic surgery in an outpatient clinic or examination room. 

Common Types of Gynecologic Surgery

If you have a gynecologic problem, your doctor will diagnose your condition and recommend the appropriate procedure, such as:

Hysterectomy:  Hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus and/or ovaries and the fallopian tubes. One in three women undergoes a hysterectomy by the time they’re 60, amounting to over 500,000 American women per year. 

Myomectomy: This helps remove fibroids or noncancerous tumors in the muscles of the uterine wall.

Ovarian cystectomy: This is used to remove cysts or fluid-filled sacs that form in the ovary. 

Polypectomy: This treats uterine polyps or noncancerous cell growth on the inner wall of the uterus.

Doctors use these minimally invasive surgeries for improved outcomes, quick recovery, and less discomfort:

  • Hysteroscopic surgery, which is done by inserting a thin, flexible tube with a light called a hysteroscope through the vagina without any incisions 
  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery, which is done by inserting a thin tube with a light and a camera on the end called a laparoscope through a small incision 
  • Laser or radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat energy to heal the affected parts
  • Vaginal surgery, which is done through the vagina
  • Robotic-assisted surgery, which uses a computer-controlled robotic arm to perform gynecologic surgeries 

What To Expect After Gynecologic Surgery 

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is less painful than traditional surgery. But your doctor may make a small incision in your abdomen. You may feel abdominal pain and discomfort around the surgical wound. Some people may have digestive problems like constipation. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease the symptoms.

You’ll be discharged within a day or two, depending on your condition. You may shower after surgery, but avoid bathing in a tub until the wound heals. Eat healthy food to aid recovery. 

Your wound may take some time to heal. Your sutures will dissolve in a few weeks. If you have staples, your doctor will remove them during follow-up. 

Gynecologic Surgery and Time Off Work

After gynecologic surgery, you may require two or three months to fully recover. You may feel tired and want more rest. Your body needs all the energy to recover. So, avoid too much activity after surgery and take time off work. 

Your recovery depends on post-surgery care. If your job demands activity or manual work, wait for four to eight weeks or until you completely recover before joining work. 

Talking to Your Employer

These tips will help you talk to your employer before your gynecologic surgery:

  • Don’t wait until the last minute. Inform your employer about your surgery in advance so they can find someone to manage your work.
  • Discuss your employer’s concerns and your expectations before you leave for surgery. This can make the transition easier for everyone at work. 
  • Check for a work-from-home option or flexible work timings during your recovery period. 
  • Clarify your medical leave duration and check for employee health benefits. 

Your Right to Medical Leave 

As an employee, you’re entitled to medical leave. Check whether your employer offers the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

You are eligible for FMLA leave if you have worked for 12 months with a company that employs 50 or more people. Under FMLA, you can get 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year. If you need more than 12 weeks, you may have additional rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Finding the Right Gynecologist

If you are looking for a gynecologist, NVSCC is here for you right from diagnosis to recovery. Under the expertise of Dr. Lynn Kowalski, NVSCC offers personalized care with the latest minimally invasive treatment options like the revolutionary  Da Vinci robotic surgery

At NVSCC, we prioritize your well-being. So, schedule a consultation with NVSCC’s finest gynecologists today!