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I've kept my coworkers and boss in the loop all during the last year as I jumped through all the hoops. They've all been very supportive. I'm expecting to take 3 weeks off work.

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I'm also pre-op and have this question. I plan on taking a week or a week and a half of vacation, then go back to work. I have excellent disability and FMLA but honestly I don't want the questions and I don't plan to tell people I have weight loss surgery. The people judging me for taking the easy way out...arghhhh. Just going to say I am eating less and moving more, which is the truth.

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Don't mind people who say that you are taking the easy way out. Going under anesthesia and all the test and planning is not the easy way out. I am going to strut into work with no high blood pressure, no prediabetic like I was on the runway at a NYC fashion show.

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I am taking 4 weeks off. I have PTO and short term disability.

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I took 4 weeks off after my gastric bypass. I was happy to have the time, but probably could have gone back after three weeks.

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Hi, I converted from lapband to bypass in one stage on Wednesday May 1. I spent 2 nights in hospital. I have a desk job and did some very light work from home the next Monday and Tuesday. I went back to the office Thursday for a half day (8 days later). But I was not very effective!
In retrospect, I should have waited until the next Monday (12 days). It has now been 15 days and I don’t think I am quite 100%. I get tired quickly (maybe because the very low calories). But I have a flexible job and it’s ok that I didn’t come back 100%...if I don’t feel well I head home.
So, if I didn’t have that luxury I would say I would have come back next Monday (19 days).
Hope this helps.
Stella

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My case was a little different. When I had my sleeve done I also had a hernia repair that took 6 weeks to heal. Been back at work for 2 weeks now. I was told usually someone can go back 2 weeks after the surgery.

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Hello, I’m currently in my pre-op phase and wanted to know how long were some of you out of work while recovering from surgery?

Thanks!
I got my all clear, today.
My surgeon's nurse recommended anywhere from 4- 6 weeks. So I am going with 4 weeks. Hope this helps.

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I took 2 weeks off but for me, I had no pain at all 4 days after surgery so I went back to work the following week. (1 week off). I do have a office job so no heavy lifting or anything. I think it all depends on what type of job you have.

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For me. I work with dogs and animals all day on my feet and active. Bending and stooping and going up ladders as well. I am taking at least 6 weeks off. Last thing i want is a hernia or end up doing something that i could have prevented

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On 04/25/2019 at 07:48, Panda333 said:



I'm also pre-op and have this question. I plan on taking a week or a week and a half of vacation, then go back to work. I have excellent disability and FMLA but honestly I don't want the questions and I don't plan to tell people I have weight loss surgery. The people judging me for taking the easy way out...arghhhh. Just going to say I am eating less and moving more, which is the truth.


My nine weeks post op. For anyone who says this is the easy way out they have no clue what they r talking about. This is hard work but oh sooo worth it I’ve now lost 58lbs so far

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