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I went back to work 6 days post op. It was uncomfortable sitting up straight and I was a little more tired than usual but it wasn't anything I couldn't deal with. Just got up and walked every couple hours which helped. I only have 2 weeks vacation and didn't want to burn all of it now.

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I am fortunate to have a job with a generous short term disability plan. I am at the end of week 2, and have 1 more week off before I go back. Like others, I physically could have gone back after 1 week. But I'm using the extra time to really rest up, adjust to the new eating/vitamin regiments, and walk ad much as possible. I am simultaneously dreading and looking forward to going back to real life on the 27th. ;-)

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I am taking about 2 1/2 weeks off starting a few days before surgery to get all the 'logistical' stuff in place and then a full two weeks off afterwards. I am fortunate that I have a desk job and if necessary I can tele-commute if I'm not quite ready for the office. I've been with my company 17 years and they are very flexible when it comes to work/life balance.

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My doc said I could return in one week if there were no problems since I have a desk job. I figure I'll try to do Surgery on a Wednesday and then take the whole next week off. That will give me 11 days, with only 8 off work.

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