How long after resection can I go back to work?

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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Funds are drying up around here confused   I had a small bowel resection w/o complications on Feb 3rd. My surgeon cant get me in the office until MArch 6th for a follow-up. My employer wants medical clearence. What to do?

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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a resection a year ago. I stayed out of work for 12 weeks total, but that was WITH complications. I was inpatient for 6 weeks, at home for 6 weeeks. My personal opinion? Give it a month and give your body time to heal. Your employer shouldn't be pushing you be back before your ready. Haven't they ever heard of FMLA? I know income is pretty important, but if you can make it work, I'd give yourself plenty of time to heal.


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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my open bowel resection on jan.10.  I have my final follow up with the surgeon on March3rd. I'm planning on returning to work on March 10.  I have a fairly active job (RN) so I've been taking it slow and have been in no hurry to return to work.  Moving patients around and being on my feet for 12hrs a day can leave me worn out on a good day not to mention doing it with a 10inch incision on my abdomen.  If I had a sit down desk type job I think I would have already returned to work.

31year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Unable/Unwilling to use immunosuppressents due to Melanoma history in 2000.
Illeocolonic Resection 1/08  (18 inches of terminal illeum, illeocecal valve, right colon)
Current Meds: Pentasa, Fosomax, Iron, Vitamin b12 injections, Vicodin, Flagyl

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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
The period of time required for recovery from the surgery varies depending on the condition requiring the procedure, your  overall health status prior to surgery, and the length of bowel removed. Also you must take into consideration the type of procedure, Lap or open surgery. 
Then you have to look at the kind of work you do so many things will factor into when your surgeon gives you clearance.  Don't let your boss bully you.  This is a medical condition and you will go back when you are well enough  and cleared medically.
Take care
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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