Time out of work after Nissen Fundoplication

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   Posted 3/8/2013 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be having the wrap done on April 8th.  It will be done laproscoptically with a robot.  How long should I expect to be out of work?  I have a desk job and am trying to figure out how long I will need someone to cover for me.  I know everyone is different and I had planned on at least a week but I am not sure if that is long enough or too long.  Any advice? 

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   Posted 3/8/2013 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
2-3 weeks if it's a desk job with no lifting or a lot of walking.
I did 2 weeks with my teaching job, but I sat a lot during the first week back.
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   Posted 3/8/2013 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I took 3 weeks. I could have managed at 2 weeks. 1 week, I do not think would be enough.

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   Posted 3/11/2013 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I will have 19 days off. Good luck!
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   Posted 3/12/2013 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! I was given 8 weeks off work and that was laparoscopic. I needed it too. But then I have got other problems too. I think it's good to get back ASAP though.

Good luck, it's a wonderful op

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   Posted 3/12/2013 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Molly, so you dobt regret having it even with the problems youre still having after it?
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   Posted 3/12/2013 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Andy,

It's the best decision I made because I'm now off the Nexium and the side effects ( many of which I didn't know were side effects) have just disappeared. My anxiety score went from 17 to 1 and depression down too. I no longer have aching joints or tingling in hands and feet. I just hope that the problems I'm having won't result in me being put back on PPIs! To be honest I may refuse!!


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   Posted 3/14/2013 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the surgery done on a Thursday and worked a half day the following Tuesday. Didn't enjoy that too much so I worked from home laying down on the couch for two days. Back in the office on Friday.
With that said, if you go that route, be very careful not to lift much or strain.

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   Posted 3/14/2013 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   

I got a sick note for 6 weeks, but was given a strict liquid/very soft diet for the 6 weeks.

I have an office job with some driving, and to be honest, I could have gone back a week earlier but the exhaustion was what I remember being the main problem in the first weeks - because of less calories I had less energy.

Please bear this in mind if you are going back quickly as operating heavy machinery and fatigue don't go well together.

Best let your employer know your limitations too if you are going back early.

Hope this helps.

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