A middle aged employee who was not particularly fit before surgery may lose substantial fitness and gain substantial weight if they remain off work for twelve weeks doing no activity. It can then be extremely difficult for them to reverse this deconditioning and regain fitness afterwards. Variations in medical attitudes to postoperative recovery period. Part of the solution is to help surgeons and GPs provide the correct advice (and it is hoped this website will assist with this).
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In 1995 a study published in the BMJ asked 100 general surgeons and 90 GPs to recommend time off work for notional patients aged 25 or 55 years.
They considered four different conditions, against sedentary, light manual and heavy manual roles.
The answers varied widely; for example after unilateral inguinal hernia repair in a 25-year old returning to heavy manual work surgeons recommendations varied from one to twelve weeks, GP recommendations varied from two to thirteen weeks (Majeed et al., 1995).
The only conclusion that can be drawn is that most surgeons and GPs don’t actually know or understand how long people need off work after surgery, even those doing the operation.
Any sick note or advice given should be viewed with caution.
A study of return to work of 50 consecutive patients after carpal tunnel release found that surgeon’s recommendations for return to work varied from 1 to 36 days, and actual time to return to work varied from 1 to 88 days.