If you want that job back, you could talk to Human Resources....ask about FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act). I am sure you could get a letter from your doctor to back things up. FMLA protects your position/seniority/job while you are ill.
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain
MEDS: Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").