Going Back To Work after Bariatric Surgery
Your ability to resume pre-surgery levels of activity will vary according to your physical condition, the nature of the activity and the type of weight loss surgery. With the use of minimally invasive techniques, many patients return to many of their pre-surgery activities within 2-4 weeks of their procedure.
The time it takes to go back to work depends on the progression of your recovery as well as the type of work that you do. Those in generally sedentary lines of work who are not required to perform heavy lifting will be back at work the soonest. Those with strenuous jobs should wait until fully cleared by our team as serious complications can occur if you lift too much too soon. In the first several weeks after surgery, avoid lifting more than 15 pounds and ideally, even less.
It is important to note that once you have returned to work, you should try to use your environment to your benefit. There are many distractions and stresses that can make it harder to keep an eye on your diet and weight loss. When you’re back at work consider the following:
- Don’t skip breakfast before work
- If possible, get up from your desk and walk around the office periodically
- Work with your employer to implement a company-wide “better health” program
- Bring your lunch with you from home or prepare for restaurant lunches in advance. If you have some free time during your lunch hour, take a walk outside
- Head off stress by getting enough sleep before a big meeting and performing de-stressing exercises when you feel anxiety coming on
- Avoid coffee, soft drinks and energy drinks – rather, sip from a water bottle regularly to stay hydrated and energized
It is tempting to try to get right back into the swing of things the minute you feel up to it. But overexerting is not the best course of action. Be sure to go back to work only when you and your surgeon feel you are ready. And once back at work; be sure to follow your diet and exercise plan.