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Unread 12-07-2010, 09:20 AM
Returning to work

Hi, I tried to post this in the post-op but I'm still pre-op. Anyone know how long after surgery you can return to work? And is it true that after being "put under" you are foggy for weeks? I am new to all of this.
Oh and is my doctor suppose to prescribe pain meds before surgery so I will have them when I get home?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 09:28 AM
Re: Returning to work

Returning to work is up to your doctor and you. Some of the ladies here have gone back as early as 2 weeks, while others are out for 12. How you are healing and what kind of job you do has a lot to do with it.

From my experience, I was only foggy for about a week after I got home. Some ladies have different experiences with anesthesia.

Your doctor will most likely prescribe pain meds as part of your discharge paperwork.

Those are some great questions to ask your doctor as well. Although I'm not sure exactly where they are, there is a list somewhere on the site that has some other really good questions to ask your doc.

Good luck to you!
Unread 12-07-2010, 09:31 AM
Re: Returning to work

Hey, I'm 3 weeks post op today and I returned to work last week. I'm only working till 3 daily and it's rough. It depends on your job mostly I think. I have tried to stay at my desk and not do a lot of up and down. We got pain meds during discharge so yes we had to do the dreaded wait for them to be filled. Anesthesia does make me foggy for a few days but everyone's not the same. I wish you the best of luck.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 10:03 AM
Re: Returning to work

Once I got over the nausea, I wasn't foggy at all. Pain meds were prescribed before I went home from the hospital although it turned out I didn't need them. I took regular Tylenol for its anti-inflammatory properties, not for the pain. My doctor gave me a note for 8 weeks off and with the holidays in there, it will be nine weeks when I got back to work. I am an elementary school principal so it will be full out when I go back. No taking it easy!
Unread 12-07-2010, 11:55 AM
Re: Returning to work

As the ladies before have noted, this varies from person to person. It also varies based on the type of work you do and procedure - abdominal surgeries tend to have longer recovery times.

I opted to come back in week 4 for half days and came back full time in week 5. The advice to ease in to it and don't rush is spot on. If I had to I could have been back in week three but as I have a desk job I opted to give myself the additional week as sitting for the entire day can be painful. Listen to your instinct and doctor.

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