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Expected recovery time after sleeve surgery?

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I'm curious how long you took off work after the procedure, and did you use PTO or short term disability? How is the recovery time handled? Thanks!

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I took two weeks, but would have been fine going back after a few days. My job is just walking though, most of the time.

Full recovery is usually 8 weeks.

Two weeks is the most common recommendation for time off, just in case you have issues.

You will probably be tired though, usually for at least a few weeks after--at least until you can start getting a decent amount of calories in.

Good luck!

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depends on the person. i took 3 weeks, could have gone back to work after 2 (i have a desk job). i was tired for a good 6 weeks.

right. PTO. yes. i didn't have enough PTO to take the entire 3 weeks, so i didn't get paid for 1 1/2 weeks. also reasoning why i went back sooner. my poor bank account. i was out on FMLA though, so my job was protected.

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Depends on the person -  people feel and recovery differently.

My surgeon suggested taking 2 weeks off so that is what I took off.  I could have easily went back after just one though (desk job, work from home) but since I took 2 off I just kept it.  My company requires you take the first week as PTO and then anything else is covered under STD.

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I would say take off at least 2 weeks if you can.  More time never hurts as everyone is different.  I was back at work in a couple days, but that's me and I work from home when not traveling and have a desk job.

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I took three weeks, per my doctor's recommendation. He says usually two for VSG, but I also had a hiatal hernia repair and gallbladder removal. I felt good enough to be back in less than two weeks, but taking that third helped me to have more stamina when I did return.

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I had a gastric bypass (which is more surgically complex than the sleeve) and was able to return to work part time (at an office job) six days after surgery.  I probably could have returned a couple of days even earlier, part time, if I had to do so.  I was back at work full time about two weeks after my surgery.  My biggest problem was not pain or complications, but a feeling of being tired - especially in the afternoons.

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I took short term dbl and was out for 3 weeks (doctors orders).   I had band removal and VSG so a bit more surgery than others.  A coworker took vacation and personal time and was back in 1 week but couldn't make it through the workday.  She ended up leaving early for 3 or 4 days.  I'm glad I took the 3 weeks, I was ready to go back and then only had to work 5 days, then off again for 2 weeks because where I work closes down for the holidays.  

Every person is different but for me, the 3 weeks was needed.

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I was out from work a total of 10 days. Surgery was on a Friday and I took that day and the following work week, so only 6 days PTO. Again, as previously stated, everyone will be different, I was fine (desk job) after that time and really wanted to get back to my normal routine.

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I don't get PTO so I specifically scheduled surgery over Christmas.  Had surgery on a Friday and back to work the next Thursday, but with the weekend and holiday I only missed 3 work days.  I had a 20 pound lifting restriction for 3 weeks, so had to schedule appointments accordingly during that time.

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I took 4 weeks because I wanted to be home for the food transition stages.

i also had a lifting restriction for 4 weeks which I  followed.

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I had my surgery on a Weds and went back to work the following Weds. Honestly I could have gone back the following Mon. I felt totally fine after just a few days. 

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I had the surgery on Tuesday and was back at my office job that Monday.. But I still had a drain in and was miserable. If I had the vacation time- 2 weeks would have been sufficient.

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I had RNY so not exactly the same -- I am an RN but thankfully have an awesome job where I work out of my home -- awesome, right? So my surgery was on Tues 10/13, home from the hospital the night of 10/14 (they gave me the option to go home or stay one more day --- get me home!!) and i went back to work Monday 10/19.

 

Again, I do absolutely nothing physical at my job -- the most crazy thing I do is sit at a computer and type and answer the phone. My coworkers and manager are also awesome and let me know if I needed time throughout the day to take a nap or come in late or leave early, I could. But I never did. I was happy to be up and sitting and working -- laying on the couch watching bad TV got old *really* quickly. 

Had I been at my old clinic job where I did a fair amount of sitting but an equally fair amount of running around and patient care, I would have taken two weeks off---I was actually planning on doing that but 1) I was able to make a lateral move within my company for the home-based job 2 months before my surgery and 2) my surgical team was aware of my job and encouraged me to go back the next week. "You'll be fine! I swear!!!" was what the program coordinator (and RN) told me, and she was right. I was itching to get back to work and be somewhat active.

 

I also had no complications after surgery, and had no pain. There was some discomfort, and I only took 1 tylenol #3 (the meds I was sent home with) on my first night home just to help me sleep. I was actually amazed at how smooth the surgery and the "recovery" time afterwards was -- I've had outpatient back surgery that made me feel worse for longer than getting my guts rearranged did!

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