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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?

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Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
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.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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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