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Gardening after appendix surgery


This is perhaps a weird question, but I have just had my appendix out and I'm trying to work out when it would be safe to start working again (I'm a gardener). I keep reading conflicting advice on websites and most of them say after 2 weeks but they are talking about if you have a desk job. I guess it's down to how I feel but I just wondered if anyone had any experience with this?

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    ask your doctor?

  • I had my appendix out 3 years ago right in the middle of summer. Had 2 weeks off but it was right in grass cutting season, fortunately my dad and another local chap were able to help me out for a couple of weeks until I could take over. Of course I had to go round the jobs with them which was frustrating as I had to be around but unable to work. If I was in a salaried job I would certainly have been off for longer, I was pushing it a bit but it turned out ok. I would suggest go back after a couple of weeks but only do the basics, cut your hours, NO heavy lifting, and just accept that for a couple of months you won't be doing as much as you normally would. Hope you recover well. 

  • PRO

    What's your surgeon say, that is who I would go by rather than conflicting stuff on the web. Or test out your strength & agility slowly & build up.

    I had an Intenal Contact Lens fitted Feb last year, (similar to a catarct op) I was told in the brochure etc. 'Back to work next day' Until I had the surgery & told them what I do for a living..... NOOOO no lifting, no bending for two weeks minimum. So that was that I wasn't wasting £4k plus my eyesight by going to work early. I had my right eye done 5 weeks ago so I was prepared for the downtime, even though it came at the wrong time of year.

    Just whatever you do, take it easy & have a good recovery.



  • As with any invasive operation, you need time to recover and recuperate. Accept the fact that you can't work for at least 2 weeks and follow medical advice. I would have thought the doctors would have informed you how long you should be off work?  All too often people go back to work after illness or having surgery only to find that they aren't 100% fit and that their recovery takes longer or that they need another operation to repair the original surgery due to ignoring medical advice. As a result you take more time off work and the NHS spend more money unnecessarily.

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