Going back to work

If you work outside the home, how soon you can return to your job will depend on many factors. These include whether your work is physically demanding, how easy it is to get to and from your job, and whether your employer is willing to discuss what is known as “modified” work. This means you might return and do a different job for awhile, or work fewer hours and/or days until your recovery is complete.

If you are self-employed and work at home, it may be easier to return to your responsibilities. But don’t expect too much from yourself right away. For the first six months you are still recovering from the stresses of surgery and rehabilitation, so pace yourself. Do what is most important and try not to take on too much too soon.