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Old 11-13-2011, 08:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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05/01/2011
Start Date:
11/28/2011
Surgery Date:
5' 4"
Height:
312 lb
Start Weight:
145 lb
Current Weight:
150 lb
Goal Weight:
167 lb
Weight Loss:
-5 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
53.5256410256 %
% Lost:
06/01/2013
Goal Date:

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BMI Start:
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BMI Current:
25.7446289062
BMI Goal:

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Unhappy How long before you returned to work?

Im scheduled to have surgery on 11/28 and Im very excited, but initially my doctor only gave me 3 weeks off of work. My hubby had the gastric sleeve and had no complications and was off two months...it took him 6 weeks to feel semi-normal. At the time the dr thinks I should be ready to return to work, I will barely have transitioned to soft foods. I dont work a physically demanding job, but its a stressful one and most weeks Im required to work more than 50 hrs and Im concerned that if I return to work to early it will delay my healing. Im really stressed about it and at the same time I dont want to tell my doctor that because I dont want him to delay my surgery. Uuuuggghhhhhh...............

How long was it before you felt ready to return to work? Do you think Im worrying myself over nothing?
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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July 25, 2011
Surgery Date:
5' 6"
Height:
247 lb
Start Weight:
145 lb
Current Weight:
135 lb
Goal Weight:
102 lb
Weight Loss:
10 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
41.2955465587 %
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Body Mass Index
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BMI Start:
23.4010560147
BMI Current:
21.7871900826
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Everyone heals differently and you may feel better earlier. Listen to your body and if you need more time let your doctor know. I returned to work after 3 weeks but could of after 2. I had Gastric RNY.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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November 2010
Start Date:
9/19/2011
Surgery Date:
5' 8"
Height:
251 lb
Start Weight:
150 lb
Current Weight:
150 lb
Goal Weight:
101 lb
Weight Loss:
40.2390438247 %
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38.1602508651
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22.8049307958
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I went back after one week. When I started to get overly tired, I went home.

The second week I went back full time. I was fortunate to have breezed through surgery with no complications, so that played a part in getting back to work quickly.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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1/21/11
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unknown
Surgery Date:
5' 4"
Height:
302 lb
Start Weight:
223 lb
Current Weight:
145 lb
Goal Weight:
79 lb
Weight Loss:
78 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
26.1589403974 %
% Lost:
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51.8325195312
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38.2736816406
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24.8864746094
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I agree that every body is different and we should listen to ours. This is a question that comes up in a lot in support group. Our surgeon bases it on what type of job you have. The nurses that are doing the moving, lifting, and all that are generally off about 4 - 6 weeks. Others that work desk jobs and don't move a lot are off 2 - 4 weeks. I work a desk job from home (no driving involved) so I was only off a week. I still took naps through out the day.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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December 13, 2007 (pre-op liquid diet started)
Start Date:
December 27, 2007
Surgery Date:
5' 9"
Height:
290 lb
Start Weight:
182 lb
Current Weight:
184 lb
Goal Weight:
108 lb
Weight Loss:
-2 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
37.2413793103 %
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26.8737660155
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I had my gall bladder out at the same time as my RNY (2 more holes in my belly.) I was back in front of the class in two weeks, but I only worked half days for a couple of weeks and then I went home and took some world-class power naps!

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Old 11-14-2011, 10:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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03/04/2011
Start Date:
03/21/2011
Surgery Date:
5' 9"
Height:
396 lb
Start Weight:
224 lb
Current Weight:
180 lb
Goal Weight:
172 lb
Weight Loss:
44 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
43.4343434343 %
% Lost:
aug 2012
Goal Date:

Body Mass Index
58.4725897921
BMI Start:
33.0754043268
BMI Current:
26.5784499055
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Weight Loss Method
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i was out for 5 weeks but i was ready to go back after week two but job said no stay home for the full time so i did
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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12/25/2010
Start Date:
04/12/2011
Surgery Date:
5' 10"
Height:
386 lb
Start Weight:
160 lb
Current Weight:
175 lb
Goal Weight:
226 lb
Weight Loss:
-15 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
58.5492227979 %
% Lost:
12/29/2011
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55.3791836735
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22.9551020408
BMI Current:
25.1071428571
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The worst thing I did was not expect the pain. My doctor told me to take off 6 weeks. Instead as soon as I was done at the hospital, we drove to my Mother-in-Law's home, seven hours away. Had a long weekend and was back to work on Monday. I had 2 days off of work. I have an office job, and a very understanding boss, so I worked short days for that first week back. He would have let me take all the time I needed, but I was stubborn. It was one of the worst things I could have done to myself. Take your time, let your body heal
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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December 1, 2008
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January 30, 2009
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Height:
312 lb
Start Weight:
170 lb
Current Weight:
165 lb
Goal Weight:
142 lb
Weight Loss:
5 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
45.5128205128 %
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July 2010
Goal Date:

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46.0693131695
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25.1018693552
BMI Current:
24.36357908
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If you are not lifting or doing physical labor then the time to return to work can occur sooner.

I did some computer work from home on and off for a couple of days within 4 days post op and was back at work for about 5 hours a day after 1 week. The next week I was putting in about 50 or so hours a week and never looked back.

The best part about getting back to work was occupying my time rather than sitting around watching tv, being productive, starting the path to becoming healthier and physically active and interacting with human beings and not my dog.

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Old 11-14-2011, 04:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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2/14/11
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10/18/2011
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Height:
249 lb
Start Weight:
146 lb
Current Weight:
150 lb
Goal Weight:
103 lb
Weight Loss:
-4 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
41.3654618474 %
% Lost:
10/12
Goal Date:

Body Mass Index
40.185261708
BMI Start:
23.5624426079
BMI Current:
24.2079889807
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I had my surgery on Tuesday, 10/18 and went back to work on Monday, 10/24 I work in an office and I also drove a school bus that day! Everybody has to listen to their own body and do what is best for them, there are no 2 exactly alike! Good luck to you. I had the Lap. Gastric RNY.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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05/01/2011
Start Date:
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Height:
312 lb
Start Weight:
145 lb
Current Weight:
150 lb
Goal Weight:
167 lb
Weight Loss:
-5 lb
Lb Left to Lose:
53.5256410256 %
% Lost:
06/01/2013
Goal Date:

Body Mass Index
53.548828125
BMI Start:
24.8864746094
BMI Current:
25.7446289062
BMI Goal:

Weight Loss Method
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