How long were you off work after surgery?
I was given my surgery date yesterday, June 7 for RNY. I was surprised by how soon it was scheduled after completing the requirements. I just turned 65 and it is being paid for by Medicare. I have been wanting this surgery for a long time but it was not covered by my insurance.
I don't drive myself to work and the most strenuous thing I do is pick up a phone. My job is to talk to people over the phone and dispatch assistance. Nothing else. I sit all day. How long did you need to recover?
I remember standing in my kitchen a week after surgery thinking - I can't believe I had surgery a week ago. I turned the corner on day 5 with feeling better.
That being said I think the most challenging part is the routine - what am I eating? drinking? sipping water, moving my body etc. Being very mindful of everything especially when you get to actual foods - and not eating too fast.
I know everyone's situation is different in what they can do, but I suggest giving yourself as much time as you reasonably can.
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
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on 5/18/21 8:38 am
I am having surgery the same day as you. Congratulations on getting your surgery date so quickly.
Since you are not required to lift more than 10 lbs you should be able to return to work within 2 weeks. It may vary by surgical center.
HW 296 SW 267.8 GW 130 CW 130
Age 53 5 ft 4 inches
Internal Hernia 1/14/22
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on 5/19/21 2:27 am
I took 6 weeks.. wish I had taken 7. My surgeons office said 4-6. I work on my feet all day in a busy hospital.. wearing 25lbs extra of lead, bending, lifting etc.. first week back was awful & things slowly improved. My coworkers were great at letting me rest (and encouraging it when I was to stubborn to realize it)
CW: 147.6 |SW: 221.6 |HW: 255
Learning my new normal, one day at a time.
Thank you all for your input. I won't see my surgeon til the week before surgery. But will ask then. Talking with my supervisor, We have the plan to take a week off and then evaluate how much time I will need after that. She is very flexible about giving me the time I need.
I would prefer to use my PTO on my beach vacation in August. If I feel crummy I might as well be at work, who wants to use the sick time actually being sick? :-)
I was 59 with a desk job. I had surgery on a Tuesday. I could have gone back to work on Thursday, but waited until Monday. I have felt worse with dental work than I did with RNY. The surgeon will tell you to take six or eight weeks off, but you will probably feel fine after a few days.
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