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Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Ask your Doctor: Fractures, particularly requring surgery have very specific to the patient time tables depending upon nutrition, general health and the specific injur ... Read More

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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Ferguson
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Weeks: Elevate your foot above the level of your heart for as many hours a day as possible. Swelling is common after surgery. Follow up with your surgeon as ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guy Fogel
Dr. Guy Fogel answered
43 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Could be months: Of course depends on the job and on the level of the fracture, but usually able to walk without a cast or crutch by 6 weeks for minor fractures and it ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle Achor
15 years experience Podiatry
See doctor: This should be checked by your surgeon.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christine Norton
23 years experience Family Medicine
Depends : It may only take 1 to 3 weeks but if the surgeon gets in there and discovers that the injury or the overall knee is worse than expected it may take lo ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Ganglion cyst it : Matters where the cyst is and who you are and what you do for a living. These are important individualized questions to ask your surgeon. But a gener ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Brown
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Acl: Most patients take a couple days of school off. Like everything recovery and return to school is a spectrum for each patient. U should be fine if u t ... Read More
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A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: "shoulder reconstruction" can mean repair of a fracture, surgery for instability, or shoulder replacement. Work may involve desk duty and shuffling p ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wesley Marquart
17 years experience General Surgery
Ask surgeon: You should look at your discharge paperwork for details. If none, then call your surgeon for specific details, as these will vary.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
About 2 weeks: The concern in your case is more about the environment than the surgery. It takes about 2 weeks for the surgical wound to heal. It would be best to ke ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Depends on: What you do at work. Activity level is different in different occupations. But general rule is about one week, give or take a few days. Ask your su ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Relatively quickly: Arthroscopic surgery typically allows a patient faster recovery and thus quicker return to work. However, recovery also depends on the findings of the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Depends on the cause: Traumatic causes take time to resolve except from a procedure as a needle or iv. We can say people can go back to work few days but to take it easy wi ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Timothy Trainor
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: It depends on the type of work you do. If you have a desk job, could return to work in about 1-2 weeks as long as pain is under control. If you have ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Mihalich
20 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
8 weeks: It depends on the fracture and return is a gradual process. I think 8 weeks is safe, but you may not be able to do everything. I would think you sho ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
next day: It should not have any after effects.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
This dependent on : Several issues including need for medication post operatively that may sedate you & affect your judgement &/or reaction times. In addition, your abi ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: What kind of work you do and what kind of fracture rib you have , disc job you could go back in few days. If you have complicated fracture rib check w ... Read More
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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
22 years experience Internal Medicine
Discuss: Discuss this with the surgeon. If you had numbness before the surgery i would expect about 6 months you would feel better.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Zaretsky
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends see below: Depends on the procedure and type of work. In most cases if there is no repair or reconstruction performed in about one week you should be able to r ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Recovery time can be variable after shoulder arthroscopy. If the surgery is ablative, such as removing some frayed tissue or bone spurs, sling wear is ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Usually: Often can return to work in less than a week, no heavy lifting work for a couple weeks or until released by your surgeon.

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