Gynecological surgery

Surgical Procedure Recommended return to non-manual employment Recommended return to manual employment Other Advice
Abdominal laparoscopy 2-3 days Within a week If more complex procedure such as removal of ovarian cyst, return to light work after 1 week, manual work after 2-3 weeks
Endometrial ablation 2-5 days 2-5 days  




2-4 weeks

2-4 weeks

2-4 weeks

4-6 weeks

6-8 weeks

4-6 weeks
Reduced hours recommended if early return

Driving advice: It can take 3-6 weeks before the patient is able to drive safely and comfortably (see ‘Advice on Driving and Travelling Following All Surgical Procedures’ above)
Mid-urethral sling 3-4 days 2-3 weeks  
Miscarriage D&C 1-2 days 1-2 days Psychological issues can have a significant effect on return, but the importance of positive support from colleagues should be considered
Pelvic floor repair 2-3 weeks 3-4 weeks Avoid very heavy lifting (more than 20kg) until 6 weeks.



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