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How long are people off work after having a lap ?

Hi , I’m due to have a lap in January 2018 and I work in a Special Needs School as a Classroom Support Assistant so always on my feet , running/ chasing after the Children , always getting down to there level and bending and walking around the playground with them on playtime duty, now just wondering how long people are off work for recovering after ?? but I suppose on different jobs etc I also drive so I take it that will depend if I can do an emergency stop too.

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I would say a minimum of two weeks. It took until 3 weeks for my exhaustion to subside, though. But after two weeks I was moving properly again.

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Hi

I work in a primary school, because of that I was of for 3 weeks. He children are only little, and sometimes they prompt to accidents like bumping into teachers!

3 weeks was maybe even a week too early but I couldn’t stay at home any longer.

And just to prove my point, a friend of mine, a teacher, was kicked in her belly a moment after operation ! Children can be difficult ...

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Yes that what worries me as I’m in the Nursery / Reception unit so the Children are little , they are little but strong too.

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They are. And you need to be carful. You will feel fine wife soon after the op but for the safety reasons I would stay home for 3 if not 4 weeks. Even the fact that they are little and you’ll have to bend a lot ... better safe than sorry

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I work at a desk job, so I took 2 weeks. I've just gone back to work, and I'm physically not in pain anymore, but definitely more tired than usual. Like the others said, it's probably worth taking longer if you work with small kids!

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Thank You , Thank You for Replies xx

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I work in a preschool and the consultant told me I could be back on Monday after having my lap on this Friday, not a chance! I'm looking at about 2 weeks but feeling rough so might end up being longer, you could always so staged returns! x

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Oh wow glad I read here. I’m starting to wonder if I misheard my consultant. I thought he said I would only need a couple of days off.

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Yes mine suggested a couple of days but I haven’t known anyone actually only take a couple of days!

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I've been told I'll be signed off for 4 weeks after my excision lap. X

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After mine I had two weeks of recovery before going back to uni. The first day was really hard on me and all I had to do was walk and sit in class. I’d take as much time as you can, especially with your line of work!

I hope everything goes well for you x

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I had the surgery on a Friday and I was in work the following Monday. I probably went back too early but it depends what they find/do during ur op. Good luck with the procedure xx

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Hi I had a diagnostic laparoscopy on a Thursday and was back at work by the following Thursday. I'm in a physically active Job but, I was very careful to take it easy at first. Just take as long as you need you don't know how you'll feel until you have it done and it depends on If yours is just diagnostic or they are doing more invasive. Hope all goes well 😊 xx

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Thank You all so much for your replies xx

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Hey E44E44,

I took my time going back, I found that the internal bruising took longer to go away, I was off for about 2 months, I gradually went back and built up my hours. I work supply work so I was able to be in control of that. I felt really fortunate. I went back to full time hours in October and I had my op in August. My advice to you is that you need to just listen to your body. Because they blow your stomach full of gas, I feel that is what affects the length of the recovery, everyone seems to handle it in different ways as I have heard people recover quicker. If you have any further questions feel free to message me anytime.

Fingers crossed for your lap, I hopefully have surgery at the beginning of next year too. Waiting for my date but I have been told after Christmas and New Year.

We may get ours close together so we can keep each other company through messages for moral support :-) xxx

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I had two weeks off following a Friday surgery, but was very tired when I went back. I only had minor ablation but the thought of a child bumping into my wounds was too much to take after only one week off. So I would suggest at least two weeks even if it is only diagnostic.

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