How long to go back to work or school after Gastric Bypass?

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:27:34 PM
I am in the process of getting a gastric bypass. Waiting for my date. I am starting school March 4th. How many weeks until I can function enough to go to school. I would love to hear about the peas recoveries. Also, did you experience diarrhea when you did the liquid part of the diet after and before surgery. Thanks in advance!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:18:36 AM
You will be surprised how quickly you will recover. I think most people return back to work after about two weeks, at least part time. You will be very tired just from recovering and lack of nutrition. I am not employed and my children are older (2 in college and one in 9th grade), but I was walking my dogs, cooking meals, and doing light cleaning by the second week. Good luck!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:42:59 AM
I was off work a full 8 weeks but I am a sheetmetal worker which is very physical.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:40:43 AM
I took 6 weeks off but I'm an RN that does physical labor. I did a liquid diet for two weeks prior to the surgery. The purpose of that is to help shrink the liver so that it's easier for the surgeon to perform the procedure laporascopically. I didn't have any issues with diarrhea on that liquid diet. Nor do I have any problems now. A friend said to me, I hope you like wearing diapers for the rest of your life. Nice huh?


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Posted: 12/4/2012 7:17:23 AM
How exciting! I had the sleeve in 2007 on a Wednesday and went to work 1/2 days the following Wednesday, but I have a desk job. I think everyone is different. I felt great, just weak for the first two weeks from the only clear liquids.
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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:29:51 AM
I just had mine 10/22/12 and could've gone back to work week 2. I did stay out 6 weeks due to the nature of my job, but I would think that you could go to school/class week 2.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 10:39:34 AM
Assuming the surgery is being done lap, you should be off only a couple of days if your work/job is not physically demanding. Mine was done open; I was not working at the time but if I had been I would have taken off a full 6-8 weeks, since my job as a nurse requires a lot of physical exertion.

I did not have to do any liquid diet pre-op. Post op, the only issue was NOT passing gas without being on the toilet, at least initially. Until your bowels completely heal you can expect to have some liquid stools; sometimes it goes back and forth between liquid and frustrating but totally worth it in the long run.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:27:45 AM
My friend had it done several years ago and was home for a full week and then worked from home for a week and was back in the office after two weeks. Her husband has a physically demanding job and was back part time after three weeks, full time after a month.

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