Well that sucks you can't take the time off when you need to. Absolutely ridiculous, it's not like anyone chooses to get Crohn's or any other illness.
Meanwhile, sitting at desks and answering phones should be fine 2 weeks after surgery. Sewing *should* be okay; I don't think there's anything wrong with bending forwards, even for hours at a time. It's pulling/pushing heavy stuff which is really bad: you might be okay for manual labour after 6 weeks but if it was me I'd want to give it 8 weeks minimum - maybe even 12 weeks.
I'm probably being too cautious with 12 weeks though. Are there limits on what I can lift? — Lifting heavy objects can increase stress on the healing tissues. Most patients are asked to avoid lifting heavy objects (≥13 pounds) from the floor; if the object cannot be lifted with one hand, you should ask for help. Restrictions on lifting are generally recommended for six weeks after a major abdominal or vaginal surgery (eg, hysterectomy), and for one or two weeks after smaller procedures (eg, laparoscopy).
Post Edited (NiceCupOfTea) : 8/1/2017 12:11:55 PM (GMT-6)