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Returning To Work After Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is major surgery and it represents a significant life change. As a result, we recommend that patients take their time when resuming their former activities, including going back to work. If at all possible, we suggest that patients speak to their employer candidly, making them understand how bariatric surgery will affect their life, and how those challenges do require time and patience.

We also understand that patients wish return to work as soon as possible, getting back into a familiar routine, restarting their income, or possibly having pressures or expectations from their workplace. Typically, we recommend that patients wait between 1-2 weeks (for Lap-Band procedures) to 2-4 weeks (for stapled procedures such as gastric sleeve or bypass) before returning to their jobs. This assumes that the job does not require strenuous activity. A waiting period of at least 6 weeks is required for jobs that include lifting over 25 pounds. Returning to work should only happen upon clearance from our office.
Patients should expect to face a few minor challenges when returning to work. These may include :

O ftentimes, patients who are most successful at returning to work are those who prepare themselves and those around them for life after bariatric surgery. Speaking to managers as well as coworkers can go a long way in helping them understand how life will change professionally and personally after surgery. With any luck, not only will they be supportive, but actively engaged in the patient’s success.

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