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I recently had a LLETZ procedure (about 5 weeks ago) and have been really tired and lethargic since.I am usually quite active but was told not to perform strenuous excersise for a feww weeks following, i have been doing light walking and strength training the last 2 weeks but am still struggling to get out of bed in the morning (im usually bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6am) and i am constantly tried throughout the day.I'm not usually this way and thought that it would subside once i started light excercise again. i get plenty of sleep, minimum 8 hours. is this from the anesthetic or just my body reacting to some sort of truama from the procedure?

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replied January 9th, 2010
Cervical Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Answer A9001
Generally speaking, the effects of anesthesia wear off within 24 to 48 hours after surgery, so I doubt that the anesthesia is causing your lethargy at this point in time.

Patients who undergo major surgery often feel tired and easily fatigued for up to several months after surgery. In addition to the trauma of surgery, patients can become rather quickly deconditioned during their recuperation from surgery. Also, patients may become anemic after surgery if they experienced significant blood loss during their operation (or even moderate blood loss in patients who were anemic prior to surgery), and this may leaving them feeling tired and fatigued.

If you believe that your recovery from your operation is not progressing well, then you should schedule a visit with your surgeon.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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