How long after surgery did you go back to work?

on 11/23/14 9:30 am
RNY on 10/27/14

I'm a high school teacher.  My job is demanding.   I was talking to a friend in another part of the country who got the sleeve and had three months off work and is telling me six weeks away for the type of job I have isn't enough.

I don't know any other high school teachers who've had the RNY or any WLS.  So I was wondering, how long have people taken off work?  Especially high school teachers?

I'm also wondering what kind of accommodations I'll need when I go back to work.  I'm worried about dumping and not being able to leave my classroom. I'm also thinking I'll need help carrying my books and student work.  Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance.

on 11/23/14 9:35 am
RNY on 09/26/14

I was off 2 weeks and I have a very physically demanding job. The only reason I took that long was because I wanted to transition to blended foods at home to see how it went. Honestly, I was ready to go back. My Drs office said most people do 2 weeks off. 

on 11/23/14 10:11 am - Indianapolis, IN

Dr said I could have 6 weeks. I took 1 week. Desk job. If you dont eat ssomething you shouldn't you won't dump.


Sherrie P.
on 11/23/14 10:19 am
RNY on 02/06/13

I took 2 1/2 weeks and I am up and down a lot. I do not do any heavy lifting - but if your books are heavy, try a rolling back pack. Are you telling your co workers about your surgery? If so they should be helpful.

If you don't eat the wrong things you should not dump. At 2 weeks I was still on liquids so dumping certainly was not a concern. I would just worry about staying hydrated as your number one concern.  

Even if you could take 6 weeks off that would not change your fear of dumping right? If you dump at 2 weeks you would dump at 6... but seriously don't eat sugar. It just isn't worth it.


Revision Lapband to RNY 2-6-2013   HW: 286  Pre-Op Diet: 277  Surgery Day: 265  Goal: 155  CW: 155

Plastic surgery 8/28/2014: Brachioplasty, mastopexy, & abdominoplasty.

Plastic surgery 1/27/2015: Butt Lift


on 11/23/14 10:31 am - Canada
RNY on 12/16/14

I work in Home Care , I am a trainer for my company too so some days I can delegate work . BUT .....I have decided to take the 6 weeks off . My surgery is December 16th :) ....I just feel that the first week is going to be a right off , 2-3 days of which spent in hospital ( all going well) and then a couple days at home really still in ' recovery' ....then the fun begins ! I really want to give myself the best chance possible to heal well , and also ...a biggy ....get used to my new food regime . I think that is gonna take a while to get our heads round and feel we will need time and focus to do it all properly , with all the vitamins and fluids and such . 

Now , please don't misunderstand me ...I completely understand people wanting to get back ASAP and also people *****ally need to due to financial constraints and work deadlines and so on . However I think if you can afford to , financially and otherwise , then give yourself the best head start possible . 

Good luck x 

Jax xx


on 11/24/14 7:51 am - mcclure, IL
RNY on 12/16/14

We share the same surgery date :-D

RNY 12/16/14; HW 297; SW 276.1; CW 250



on 11/23/14 11:24 am
RNY on 08/11/14

I was out 3 weeks.

RNY 8/11/14 with Dr. Kelvin Higa PS Lipectomy 4/12/17 with Dr. John Burnett HW291.4/CW165/GW150

on 11/23/14 11:49 am
RNY on 03/24/14

I am a preschool teacher and took 3 weeks off, as per my doctor.  Day I went back my job was eliminated..I have since found another, better one!

on 11/23/14 12:09 pm
RNY on 07/23/14

I do not think 6 weeks will be a problem. I felt great after a week, and still had to take an afternoon nap for about 2 more. The biggest thing in the beginning is figuring out the food, so if you can take 6 weeks take it. My doc usually tells people they can go back to work in 2 weeks. If you bring safe foods that you feel comfortable with to school you should be fine. Just don't try anything new at school.

Cynthia 5'11" RNY 7/23/2014

Goal reached 17 months. 220lb Weight Loss
Plastic Surgery Dr. Joseph Michaels - LBL and Hernia Repair 2/29/16, Arm Lift, BL, 5/2/16, Leg Lift 7/25/16

#lifeisanadventure #fightthegoodfight #noregrets



Friends K.
on 11/23/14 2:07 pm
RNY on 01/14/14

I work in schools and I took off 3weeks it was more than enough!


 5'4" SW=285 PreOp=-13 (surgery @272#,1/14/14), 2week=-12 (260#), 1M=-20 (252#), 2M=-9.5(242.5#), 3M=-18 (224#), 4 M =-10 (214#), 5 M=-11 (202#) 6 M=-11(190.5), 7M=-7.5 (183), 8 M=-6 lbs (177) 9M=-5 (172) 10M=-7.5 (164.5#)




Most Active
What's on your Tuesday Menu?
Queen JB · 95 replies · 673 views
What's on your Thursday Menu?
Queen JB · 91 replies · 561 views
What's on your Wednesday Menu?
Queen JB · 87 replies · 538 views
What's on your Monday Menu?
Queen JB · 68 replies · 662 views
What?s on your Saturday menu?
Melody P. · 32 replies · 303 views
What?s on your Sunday menu?
Melody P. · 19 replies · 197 views
What?s on your Saturday menu?
Melody P. · 6 replies · 35 views
Recent Topics
What?s on your Saturday menu?
Melody P. · 6 replies · 35 views
What's on your Thursday Menu?
Queen JB · 91 replies · 561 views
What's on your Wednesday Menu?
Queen JB · 87 replies · 538 views
What's on your Tuesday Menu?
Queen JB · 95 replies · 673 views