headed into surgery on July 3rd. was told it could be a total of 12 weeks out. My boss keeps asking if I think I will be able to go into the office after 2/3 weeks and just sit at a desk and supervise. Would love to hear if this is a possibility or do I just stay home and recover
I had flat foot surgery 2 years ago. I couldn't imagine going back at two to three weeks. The exhaustion just going from the bed to he bathroom is amazing. Anytime your foot is not elevated, expect painful blood rushes and increased swelling. If the surgery is on the right foot, you will not be able to drive for several weeks. If it is your left foot, you may be able to go back part time after closer to 6 weeks if you could be at a desk and ice and elevate as needed. Don't rush it! You will regret it. My surgeon kept me out 4 months because my job requires me to be mobile. If I had a desk job, he would have kept me out 10-12. Weeks.
I had surgery on May 16th and was back at work June 18th after telecommuting for two weeks. I don't have a physically demanding job, but I will tell you that after going in the office Monday through Thursday last week I decided to work from home Friday and I was absolutely exhausted. So I think a flex schedule, if you can do it, is a good idea when you first go back. I can keep my foot elevated most of the time at work and it's getting easier to keep it down for longer periods of time, but there is a big difference in the swelling at the end of the day now that I am back at work.
My thought is to get as much time as you can possibly get and to say that you may need to come back part time at first if they will allow it. I would have loved to take more time but had to take my leave without pay so it wasn't possible for me to wait any longer.
The main thing is that if it seems like you're overdoing it you need to pull back and take care of yourself. This is NOT an easy surgery or recovery but it is temporary. You want to have it be worth it in the end by making sure you put your health first!
I had my surgery April 6 and returned to work June 14th. Out for 10 weeks. I am still exhausted after a full day of work and I have a desk job. I find that I need to get up and move around or I get very stiff. I also put a box under my desk to elevate my foot if needed.
I am in a boot full weight bearing, going to physical therapy, and am starting to transition to a sneaker (my foot is still quite swollen-I needed to get a men's sneaker to fit with the lace up brace).
I would suggest taking as much time as you can and when you do go back, don't overdo. The exhaustion caught me off guard.