How long after open appendix surgery is it safe to resume physical work?
May 30, 2014 7:57 AM Subscribe
I had open surgery to remove my appendix 2.5 weeks ago. The doctor (in broken English as I was on holiday) told me it would be 45 days before I could do anything physically straining, an opinion that is shared by all of my colleagues and friends/family. I work in the Netherlands as a chef, which is a very physical job. The system here is that you get referred through your employer to a specific doctor who evaluates you and says when you can get back to work. This doctor just told me I can go back to work full time immediately. Who is right?
posted by tumples to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In your experiences, how long did it take before you could safely and confidently act as you did physically before you had the surgery? At the moment I can move around no problem, but even walking or standing up for a few hours gives me aches and makes me tired. I really don't feel confident about going back to work at all, but feel trapped by this employer-hired doctor system they have over here. I just want to know the usual recovery time so I can work without worry I'm going to harm myself.