I had surgery on a Wednesday, drove home on Saturday (400 miles), and was at work on Monday. I wasn't the peppy-est, but I was there and functional.I also had gall bladder surgery on a Thursday and was back to work on Tuesday.Now I must admit I only work 4-hour days, just two miles from home. And have a desk job.
For me there woudl have been no way I could have gone back to work. I had no energy on the liquid diet for one thing. I took off two weeks. I might have been able to go back after one but I was glad to have the two personally.Everyone is so different.
I had nine days off between surgery and my first shift back, and I still found it a bit difficult - granted, my job is at a coffee shop presently. I also struggled a bit with nausea/headaches at the beginning, so I was glad for the time off. As Robyn said, you don't have a lot of energy due to the liquid diet and the fact that you had general anesthesia. Once I did go back to work, I ended up finding myslef very tired once I got home for about 3-4 weeks. I'm finally feeling better now, and not so exhausted...I would take all the time you realistically can. Hope that helps!
I had surgery on Wednesday morning... then flew to Vegas on Sunday. :) Every person is different! I wouldn't change a thing... except planning food better. I was at a conf, and should have thought food through better!
Whatever you decide, just be prepared that you will get tired more quickly and your energy levels will be lower than normal for a few weeks. If your job allows, maybe plan on taking a few more breaks the first week back.
Luckily for me I was retired, so I didn't have to worry about it. But in my case, I didn't have any Gas pain like most do (of course I didn't try to hold in any gas either!). I also was tired a lot and probably could have returned to work after about 5 days, but realistically, I felt pretty good at about day 7-9. So if you work at a desk job....Monday may be ok, but take it easy. Also, my Port site hurt pretty bad for several weeks, and if I bump something into it accidentally (like a shopping cart) it hurts!!!So...."Welcome to the Sisterhood/Brotherhood of the Bandster's"!!
I was feeling pretty crappy for a full week after my surgery. I took two weeks off work because my boyfriend's the bread winner for now while I'm in school, so we could afford it, but I definitely was not feeling up to par the first full week.