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core job is lifting, realistic timetable for a return date?

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I had a open right inguinal hernia and femoral surgery repair with mesh on 5/19/14. My core roles at my job require me to be on my feet 8 to 10 hours a day, lifting anywhere from 10 to as much as 50lbs repeatedly, frequent bending, lifting, pushing anywhere from 100 to 500lbs of force. I also pull pallets anywhere from 10 to 20 times a day with up to 500lbs of force and am up and down ladders 20 to 30 times daily.

My boss thinks I can come back on light duty in 2 to 4 weeks and I am a bit skeptical based on my core job requirements. Based off research I have done I am thinking 5 to 6 weeks is a safe bet and I have communicated this to my employer and Dr. My Dr. also thinks I can return on light duty in 2 weeks, but I don't think he completely understands what I do even though I have explained these core roles listed to him.

Please advise on a realistic timetable for a return date to work. I do not want to return to work too early and have to return for more surgery. Thanks


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replied May 20th, 2014
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Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Early ambulation after surgery helps in better recovery, but if the surgery has been for hernia repair, then avoiding weight lifting and repeated bending (all in all avoiding activities that increase abdominal pressure) should be avoided for about 4-6 weeks time to allow for complete healing. You may consider taking off from work for 4 weeks post-surgery and return to work in 4 weeks (light work) and then resume slowly your normal activities in another 2 weeks time making it 6 weeks post-surgery for complete return to work. Discuss with your employer, doctor as well as insurance agent (if you are covered under insurance) about these options to prevent later complications (physical, medical and legal).
Take care.


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