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When Can Patients Return to Work After Bariatric Surgery?

An FAQ button on a keyboardPatients trust the team at Tijuana Bariatrics because of their emphasis on technology, safety, and effectiveness. This also means a focus on the preparation for surgery and life after bariatric surgery.

One of the most immediate concerns when it comes to healing from weight loss surgery involves work. Let's consider how much time it may take before a weight loss surgery patient can go back to their job.

How Long Does Healing Take?

Healing after bariatric surgery can take some time, but we should specify that healing has a number of different meanings.

Full recovery from bariatric surgery can take several months. However, it may only take a few weeks for patients to return to the normal activities that they enjoyed on a day-to-day basis. When it comes to healing in this context, we mainly want to consider a person's ability to return to work, not necessarily that person's ability to do all of the things they could do before surgery.

General Guidelines for Returning to Work

For most bariatric surgery patients, it will take them at least one week and up to three weeks before they are able to return to work. Some factors that affect this timeframe include the type of surgery performed, the patient's BMI before surgery, health conditions and problems before a bariatric procedure was performed, and the patient's experience while recovering from the procedure.

It's also important to consider the patient's occupation. Returning to a traditional office or service job may only mean two weeks of recovery. A physically demanding job in construction, athletics, or other physically demanding occupations may require up to a month off.

During the consultation process, we can provide an estimated amount of time that you would be out of work. This will help give you realistic expectations about the surgical process.

Restricting Work Duties for Optimal Wellness

When you return to work, it may be best to avoid certain job duties that may be physically demanding or that could put a problem-free recovery at risk. This includes heavy lifting, strenuous physical exertion, lots of bending or squatting, and so forth. Be sure to discuss these matters with your employer so your job duties can be modified as needed.

Proper Recovery at Home Is Crucial

To help you heal quickly and return to work as soon as possible, we will provide you with detailed instructions for the healing process. This will not only cover the transitional diet following bariatric surgery but also proper physical activity and exercise after surgery. Staying a little physical in the weeks after surgery will promote circulation, reduce recovery time, and make serious complications far less likely.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your recovery after surgery, we will be more than happy to address these issues. This will put your mind at ease and help you heal with as few hassles as possible.

Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery

For more information about bariatric surgery and how it can help you achieve a healthier weight, be sure to contact our advanced weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics is here to help you lead a healthier and more fulfilling life.

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