surgery 2 of 3 recovery time?

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   Posted 5/16/2011 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, Im just wondering how long recovery time is after part 2 in creating a j-pouch, Ive an interview on friday for a great summer job that I would love to take but willl be having the surgery in early July,I asked my surgeon about working and he said that unless it was for 4 weeks in august or something it prob wouldnt be possible, hes a good surgeon and Im planning on taking his advice but at the same time Id like to tell the employer that i wouldnt be able to work for 2 or 3 weeks in july which they may have to work around (wasnt a well advertised job and ive worked with them last summer)

Any help would be nice on how long it took other people to recover, the job is as a receptionist, a desk job with no heavy lifting etc, and comes with accommodation about 30 seconds walk from work.

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   Posted 5/16/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
It's hard to say as everyone's recovery is different. I had a 2-step and went back to my desk job 3 weeks after each surgery. But others have been out as long as 6 weeks between surgeries. I'm not sure what kind of advice to give you other then to let you know that recovery is highly individual.


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   Posted 5/16/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had my three-step surgery - it was open and not laproscopic - I wasn't in as much pain as following the first surgery but I had the exact same incision so there was soreness. I work part-time, but I think you would probably be able to go back to a desk job in a couple of weeks as long as there are no complications. Good luck!

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   Posted 5/16/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but I had that exact surgery (second of three step j-pouch) almost 4 weeks ago and I'm still mostly laid up. You'll probably do better than I am, but know that it's possible to take a long time to bounce back! I had major issues with nausea and didn't get good nutrition in for the first two weeks following surgery, which delayed my healing a lot.
Edited to add: However, I did just read the job description you provided more carefully, and even though I'm not feeling great right now, I think I could handle doing that; sounds pretty low key. I bet you'll be fine!

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   Posted 5/17/2011 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree that everyone is different but my son, Dillon, could not have gone to work within 4 weeks. You will probably recover more quickly than after the first surgery since you are healthy going into this makes a huge difference. However, this is very major surgery and you need to allow your body to recover. You will find you tire very easily and this is your body telling you that you need to rest. I would follow the advice of your surgeon.
Mom to Dillon (age 19) who had three major UC flares over two years....Very sick. Colectomy Sept/09, J pouch built Jan/10 and take down Feb/10. Now out living life at University and doing great. NO MEDS
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