How long off work?

on 1/2/18 5:05 am
VBG on 01/02/18

I was wondering how long people take off when you have a manual job. I am having a hernia repair and the sleeve done at the same time. Part of my job involves unpacking pallets of heavy stock I was thinking 5 to 6 weeks. I also want to use the time as a readjustment and focus period of the change I am making. I have plenty of leave so no issues there.

on 1/2/18 5:20 am
RNY on 12/22/08 with

I would agree. My hernia repair was more painful and took much longer to recover from.

Good luck on your upcoming surgery.

Gwen M.
on 1/2/18 6:07 am
VSG on 03/13/14

Most of us have lifting/exercise restrictions for 4-6 weeks, so I think your plan sounds good!

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
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Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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on 1/2/18 7:54 am
VSG on 01/12/17

That sounds like enough time but please be careful when you do go back to work. Use proper lifting techniques and maybe a belt for your hernia repair

Valerie G.
on 1/2/18 9:28 am - Northwest Mountains, GA

The general rule is no more than 8 lbs for 8 weeks for lifting/pushing/pulling - you get it. If your job requires this kind of weight, keep that in mind as you schedule time off. Being that you're also repairing a hernia, though, they may put you out longer because hernias are often caused by lifting/pushing/pulling something heavy and the last thing you want is to re-injure yourself before you're completely healed.

Now, on the general front of recovery without hernia repair, I can report that it was a good six weeks before I felt like myself again. Fortunately I was off for 8 weeks, total.

11 years post op DS 
There is room on this earth for all of God's to the mashed potatoes

on 1/2/18 9:50 am
VSG on 10/11/16

I have a very physically demanding occupation, running my own business. The doc told me to plan on eight weeks recovery so as not to bust a gut. I followed his advice closely, and did not do any real lifting or moving of materials or machinery until I was cleared by the people at my practice. I am back to doing what I used to, and have been pretty much since those eight weeks were up. It took me a little while to get back to full strength, but it wasn't too bad

To give you an idea, I move stuff that weighs up to 400 lbs or so on my own - not lifting it, mind you, but horsing it around to where it can be used as it needs to be.

Total weight lost 216 lbs. Current weight 263, 38 lbs below goal.

VSG on 12/10/13

If you can get 6 weeks, it would probably be a good idea to take it. Ask your surgeon before surgery about your lifting restrictions; many people aren't cleared to lift more than 5lb before the 6- or 8-week mark.

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on 1/2/18 12:14 pm

I agree with above. Make sure to get lots of protein in after surgery so you can heal well! :)

Referral: June 2017
RNY with Dr. Neville in Ottawa: January 8th, 2018

Pre-op:-10lbs M1:-19lbs M2:-13lbs


Shannon S.
on 1/2/18 5:48 pm
VSG on 11/07/17

My surgeon gives 6 weeks but will let his patients go back to work depending on how good they are doing. He wanted to know I was drinking, getting in my protein, and that I was off the pain meds. I was released to go back after 4 weeks, but with lifting restrictions for the remainder 2 weeks. No more than 5 lb for the 1st 4 weeks, then they increased it to 10 lbs. He also said no bending at the waste for a 6 week duration. I have a desk job so I was okay.

Height 5?5?, HW/pre-op 376, SW 349, CW 291 (updated 3/19/18) WL: pre-op: -27, M1: -23, M2: -10 M3: -10 M4: -10

on 1/2/18 6:40 pm

I took six weeks off, but wish I could have had a few more days.

RNY 12/22/2016. HW 228. SW 224. CW 122

Dr. Aviv Ben-Meir. Lake West Medical Center, Willoughby OH