Returning to work:
Returning to work is individualized based upon the nature of employment (desk job vs. manual labor) the severity of your disease as well as your activity tolerance. Within a few weeks your physician will be better able to evaluate your progress and set a specific date for returning to work. It may be necessary to be out of work for at least eight to 12 weeks.
When to Notify Your Surgeon
- If you have any chest pain or shortness of breath unrelieved by rest, notify your physician or go to the emergency room.
- If your temperature is greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit for more than a day.
- If the skin around your stitches is red, swollen or has pus coming from the incision.
- If your pain is unrelieved by your pain medicine
- If your weight increases by three to five pounds from the day you were discharged.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your surgery or medicines.
- Increased fatigue, shortness of breath or palpitations.
Seek Care Immediately If
- Your bandage becomes soaked with blood.
- Your stitches or staples come apart.
- One side of your body gets weak or numb, you have difficulty seeing and/or have difficulty speaking.
- You have signs of a heart attack:
- Chest pain that spreads to your arms, jaw, or back
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
- Call 911. Do not drive yourself to the hospital