A 44-year-old female asked:
What are some complications i may have if i return to work three weeks after lap. gallbladder surgery. my job is strenuous and has a lot of heavy lift?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 37 years experience
6 weeks: The usual recommendation is to wait 6 weeks from the time of the surgery before doing heavy lifting. This is to avoid the risk of a hernia in one of the incisions, and if you are lifting too much too soon you put yourself at risk. A hernia would be a painful swelling/lump in the incision, usually disappears if you lie down. Treatment for a hernia is another surgery.
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Wound care 36 years experience
The main complicatio: Is the development of a hernia, especially with lifting. It’s generally recommend to wait at least 6-8 weeks before returning to work which allows the tissues to heal.
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Last updated Jun 19, 2018
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