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How long off work after recon?

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Tracy1961
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Thanks Meggiemay, but would you believe my op was cancelled? I was furious!! Am now waiting for a new date and praying I'm not put to the bottom of the waiting list.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy beautiful weather,

Tracy xx

meggiemay
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Re: How long off work after recon?

hope you have had a good op! thinkin of u am further on so if u need a chat/advise can let u know how it is from my point of veiw..
huge hugs m xx

Tracy1961
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Ruby,

Guess what? The op was cancelled at the last minute!!! I was so angry and disappointed. I haven't got a new date as the PS's secretary is on holiday, so hopefully I may hear next week. The Broomfield hospital is also a specialist burns unit, so emergencys are frequently bought in and obviously take priority. So there is a chance it could get cancelled again.

I'll believe it's been done when I wake up in the recovery room!!!

Thanks for your good wishes all the same,

Tracy xx

Ruby1
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Dear Tracy
Hope all goes well for you tomorrow - can imagine how nervous you must be feeling. HOpefully at some point I'll be having reconstruction too.

Best wishes
Ruby xx

Tracy1961
Member

Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Anne,

Thanks so much for your lovely message, I am a little nervous now but I'm sure all will go well.

I have decided to go for the LD recon after all, as I think it will be better suited to me.

I will be on the forums as soon as I'm up to it!

Very best wishes,

Tracy x

amdamc
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Tracy,

At the best for tomorrow. Will be thinking of you.

Cheers
Anne x

Tracy1961
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Anne,

It is a small world, that's for sure!

I am actually being treated at King Georges in Ilford, but most of us are sent to Broomfield for recons as there is no plastic surgery department at KG.

I am getting excited and a little anxious now but I'm sure it will go well - fingers crossed!!

Have a lovely weekend,

Tracy x

amdamc
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Small world Tracy!

My surgeon is Mr Ramakrishnan, also based at Broomfield. I'm with BUPA so operation is to be Nuffield at Brentwood. I presume we share the same ONC, Prof. Davidson??

Hope you went to the BRA meetings at Broomfield - they are truly amazing ladies.

Once again, all the best
Cheers
Anne

Tracy1961
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Anne,

Thanks for your kind message, I am getting a bit nervous now - only a few days away! I'm going into the Broomfield at Chelmsford and my surgeon is Peter Dwulski (spelt incorrectly!)

I wish you all the very best with your op and will let you know how it all goes.

Kind Regards,

Tracy x

amdamc
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Tracy

Just browsing the forums and came across yours. Wishing you luck for the 17th - not long now.

Mine's booked for 18 April - can't wait, but nervous too.

Cheers
Anne

wonder1
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Re: How long off work after recon?

i work for the council and have been employed for over 20 years. i get 6 months full pay and 6 months half.
presume each work place has their own rules. wonder if you can check with CAB

good luck.

Tracy1961
Member

Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for your message, I think I will also take about 8 - 9 weeks off. I also have to drive to work so I will need to get fit enough to do that - I refuse to get the bus!!

You must have a good employer to get 16 weeks full pay, mine did that for me when I had my mastectomy but have suddenly changed their minds this time, although I am disputing it.

I'll let you know how it all goes,

Kind regards,

Tracy

debsy
Member

Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi

I had the tram flap recon Dec 07 - i took 9 weeks in total, felt I could have gone back a week sooner but would have needed another medical note to say I could go back sooner than the original one. Felt my GP would only refer me back to PS and thought he would have more urgent appts. I get 16 weeks full pay so took advantage of it.

My tummy was quite tight, I didn't feel comfortable to drive for about 7 weeks and I have to drive to work.

Good luck with Op.

Debbie

Tracy1961
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Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Nikki and Wonder,

Thanks for your advice, I definately think I will need at least 2 months as I am a window dresser and am constantly lugging heavy furniture and mannequins about.

There is another lady where I work who had straight foward implants (no muscle involvement) and was off for 3 weeks and I think my male boss is under the impression my op is the same and that is all I will need so I shall have to put him right on that one!

Thanks again for your help, it is much appreciated.

Regards,

Tracy xx

wonder1
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Re: How long off work after recon?

hi tracy. i have just had a diep on the 5th feb. the leaflet i was given states that you should have 6/8 weeks off work. now if in an office you can go back after 6 weeks but the more physical the longer you must have off.
i am going back hopefully after 7 weeks as a teaching assistant but as a cleaner in charge i have been told i cannot clean until 3 months but can go back in my supervising capacity. then they will phase my cleaning after 3 months. i am 4 weeks post op and can tell you, no way can you do physical for some time yet.not sure how this works but i have been told that when i go back to work i have to have a sick note from the doctor stating it will be a phased return, therefore still allowing pay.
hope you get on ok.

Nikpusscat
Member

Re: How long off work after recon?

Hi Tracy

I think by law you can take up to 3 months off and indeed more if you are still proven unwell!

However, I have had both an LD and DIEP and would say to reckon on a minimum of 2 months before you can start lifting... so if it's heavy stuff in your job I would recommend taking the full 3 months.

Best of luck

Nikki

Tracy1961
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How long off work after recon?

Hi,

I am due to have either an LD or DIEP recon on 17th March. I was wondering how long I will need off of work, bearing in mind I do a very physical job and am on my feet all day with lots of lifting and carrying, going up and down ladders etc.

My employers are saying that I will be on full pay until 5th May, then half pay, which is about 7 weeks on full. Do you think this will be enough time off if everything goes smoothly?

As usual, I am very grateful for any advice.

Tracy xx