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Returning to Work

Get Well Soon

Helping you to make a speedy recovery after surgery for groin hernia repair

Returning to work

Fact: Work can be part of your recovery

Everyone needs time off to recover after an operation, but too much of it can stand in the way of you getting back to normal. Getting back to your normal work routine sooner rather than later can actually help you to recover more quickly.

Getting back to work

Every person recovers differently and has different needs, and how quickly you return to work depends on a number of things:

  • How you heal
  • How you respond to surgery
  • The type of job you do
Most patients will be back in the following time scale:
  • Light/supervisory work: 1 -2 weeks
  • Minimal lifting work: 2 - 3 Weeks
  • Heavy labour-intensive work: 6 weeks

You will not be harmed if you return to work earlier. For some people this might mean less than a week, but there may be significant discomfort if you do. If your employer has an occupational health nurse or doctor they will advise you on this. You should contact your employer before returning to work, especially if you feel you need to return on lighter duties in the first instance. Your GP will also be able to give you advice as will your local hernia service, if you have one.

You do not need your GP’s permission to go back to work. This is ultimately your decision, but your return should be discussed with your employer.



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