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Hello! Newbie here! I have my consultation this afternoon, but I wanted to reach out about recovery time. How long do most doctors say you need to take off work?

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Mine says 2-6 weeks, depending on recovery and how physically demanding your job is.

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2 hours ago, RaisnHL said:

Hello! Newbie here! I have my consultation this afternoon, but I wanted to reach out about recovery time. How long do most doctors say you need to take off work?

Hey!

Mine says 4 weeks for sleeve, 6 weeks for RNY and mini gastric bypass.

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19 minutes ago, MiniGastricBypassDude said:

Hey!

Mine says 4 weeks for sleeve, 6 weeks for RNY and mini gastric bypass.

Goodness, I am REALLY hoping to be released back to work at my 2 week follow up. I would go crazy 6 weeks, work would be so horrible when I returned.

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5 minutes ago, kcuster83 said:

work would be so horrible when I returned

Would there be a chance to get some actual leave? I would've probably been able to do it in 2 weeks, but man it was nice to get all my habits off to a good start by taking 6 weeks. Granted, I don't know much about the work culture in America, other than I do not wish to trade :D

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3 minutes ago, MiniGastricBypassDude said:

Would there be a chance to get some actual leave? I would've probably been able to do it in 2 weeks, but man it was nice to get all my habits off to a good start by taking 6 weeks. Granted, I don't know much about the work culture in America, other than I do not wish to trade :D

I could take as much time as needed, my job would just compile into a complete mess the longer I took. 😩

My employer is aware of up to 6 weeks, I am just really hoping to be back in 2-3.

High hopes!!

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1 minute ago, kcuster83 said:

I could take as much time as needed, my job would just compile into a complete mess the longer I took.

In Europe, that would not be my problem ... even if I'm a senior exec. Can't someone cover?

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2 minutes ago, MiniGastricBypassDude said:

In Europe, that would not be my problem ... even if I'm a senior exec. Can't someone cover?

You would think, but like you mentioned " work culture in America"... there is none. haha

No one wants to work, unemployment through the roof.

Even worse, my business/trade is so desperate for people that actually know what they are doing. It is SO hard to find people that can do my job, it is ridiculous but it makes me "worth more" and more irreplaceable and appreciated. I guess there are negatives and positives.

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@MiniGastricBypassDude I also read your surgery "book". Updates and information about MINI. Congrats on your success!

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11 minutes ago, kcuster83 said:

@MiniGastricBypassDude I also read your surgery "book". Updates and information about MINI. Congrats on your success!

Oh thanks!! You'll get there, too :) Be kind to yourself, that's advice #1. Kind in the truest sense of the word.

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I think the time you need is really unpredictable. I had decided to take 6 weeks off so I could get through the liquid and puree stages on a normal eating schedule as I do shift work and 12 hours shifts as well. But I ended up taking nearly 10 weeks as mentally the surgery knocked me around but going back to work gave me some of my old routine back and helped me get out of my funk but I certainly wasn't expecting what I went through to happen. We have also seen people post about being back at work going to the gym etc after a week 😳 I don't know that exercise other than walking is a good idea so soon after surgery but anyway I think 2 weeks depending on how physically demanding your job is. Is about average.

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As some are saying 2-6 weeks seem to be the standard. I was traveling for work within 2 weeks. Working remotely (e-mails and meetings) sporadically within a couple of days. That being said, I was TIRED... definitely needed a nap a day during the first couple of weeks. Once I went to pureed food and was getting in enough nutrients, that got better quickly.

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it depends on the person - and also what kind of job you're talking about. I had bypass - and a desk job. I took three weeks off, but I could have gone back after two.

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3 hours ago, kcuster83 said:

Goodness, I am REALLY hoping to be released back to work at my 2 week follow up. I would go crazy 6 weeks, work would be so horrible when I returned.

I could have gone back after 2 with my bypass (I had a desk job)

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I took 3 weeks off after my sleeve and that was exactly right for me. I'd say I was working at 90% efficiency when I went back. I was tired but the working helped distract me. It's really variable. I hope you make a nice speedy recovery OP!

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