Going back to work....  

rm_jiinxxss 57F
113 posts
5/1/2005 5:41 am

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Going back to work....

Going Back to Work
When will I be able to go back to work?

Most patients are back to their normal activity levels within six weeks. If you have a laparoscopic procedure, you'll probably be back even sooner--often in just three weeks.

How soon can you go back to work? That depends on:

* Your current physical condition.

* The physical demands and nature of your work--if you have the open procedure you will not be able to lift more than 20 pounds (note: some places say 10 pounds) for six weeks. (Your employer will need to tell us, in writing, if that will be a problem.)

* The type of surgery.

Disability Guidelines

Your disability coverage begins the day of surgery. And your return to work date is four weeks from then. If you want to go back to work sooner, we can release you to work anytime.

If you need a "return to work" statement, ask us at your first post-surgery visit, which will be 7-10 days after the procedure.

We will complete and mail your disability papers after your surgery. (It's against the law for us to complete the forms until after the disability occurs.)

Keep in mind: disability reviewers want a return to work date, and they don't account for weekends or your scheduled work days. Several times during your disability, they will contact our office to request your chart notes and operative reports.

Please don't ask us to give you more time for personal reasons or because you are tired or can use up some accumulated sick time. We can only extend your disability if you have complications. Even then, we will need to provide medical evidence and written documentation.
How will things be different for me at work?

Do your best to maintain appropriate dietary habits while you are at work. Teach your body to chew slowly even in the most rushed environments. Prepare and bring your own meals or at the very least, study the nutritional labels or ingredient lists of purchased food and stay away from high sugar and high fat items.

Perhaps the most difficult challenge will be adjusting to people's changed perceptions of you. The best way to manage this is to prepare yourself and your co-workers before your surgery.

* Communicate why you are having weight loss surgery. Make it clear the procedure is for health reasons and not a cosmetic choice.

* Ask for support both during and after the procedure, especially with your long-term commitment to diet and exercise.

* Lean on the network of people you meet in support groups.

* Remind people that you are still YOU no matter how much you weigh.

smileguyqc 53M

5/1/2005 6:23 am

Just wondering why your posting all of this? Are you having this done?

rm_jiinxxss 57F
25 posts
5/1/2005 6:38 am

yea smileguy....I am currently in the process of preparing for this....most likely - the surgery will be in August....there is still a couple of steps to go through...a psych eval, meeting with the nutritionist...etc..

smileguyqc 53M

5/1/2005 6:45 am

I didn't know there was so much involved. Good luck with the procedure. My wife has lost about 40 pounds over the last year or so through changes in diet and increasing her exercise, she is really feeling good, healthy. I hope this works out for you.

rm_jiinxxss 57F
25 posts
5/1/2005 8:42 am

thanks so much smiles........I am doing it for me...for my health....and for my kids...congrats to the wife!!! you go girl!

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