I was given a sick note by my surgeon for 6 weeks, but this was back in 2003 when the op was fairly new.
My job is mainly office based with a bit of driving, so I could have probably gone back a week or so earlier but the main problem I had was a lack of energy in the first few months. Eating smaller and mostly liquid meals meant I was pretty much exhausted all the time - although the weight loss was a nice side effect as just after my op was the last time I actually hit my ideal weight!
If you are planning on going back sooner, you really need to make your employer aware of this so they can take this into account in regards to your workload and what they ask you to do - e.g. things like operating heavy machinery when tired have a tendency to get messy...
Good luck on Friday fella - I'll be rooting for you from the Boro'
Post Edited (eLaReF) : 3/14/2013 4:13:04 AM (GMT-6)