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Re:How long before return to work after surgery? 6 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 0
simodo wrote:

If anybody here has had surgery, how long was it before you could return to work? I do accounting on the PC for much of my work day. Thanks!


Simodo,

It all depends on the kind of work you do. I am in law enforcement, and today I had my first follow up to which he removed my cast (stitches and staples next week). My gun belt alone is around 35 pounds and my survival flight gear (also a pilot - helos and airplanes) weighs around 40 pounds. When I asked my surgeon when I could go back to work/shoot a gun/web gear wear .... he just laughed. Sooooo.... I would say much of it depends (assuming you don't work for yourself mind you) when the doctor thinks you are safe to return to your known duties. I am going to try for light duty in a couple of weeks. If he still has the weight limit on me, well, can't do light duty as the belt alone is heavier than most surgeons want you to handle shortly after surgery. I had the ulnar transposition in the elbow, hand release in the Guyon's Canal and two finger pulleys cut. Recoil, ouch! My director already knows I won't qualify this quarter. Total time out for me, most likely 2 months.

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I was out of work for 4 weeks. I went back on light duty for at least 2 months. I work at the PO on a machine. Lifting will be very limited for you. I'm sure you won't want to type all day either. It takes a long time for that muscle to heal. It has been 2 months since my surgery and inside my elbow is still sore. Dr. said it could take 6 to 9 months to completely heal. Good luck with your surgery.
 
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Re:How long before return to work after surgery? 6 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 0
Well guys, today marks the end of week 3 since my surgery (elbow/hand and 2 fingers). My surgeon has released me back to work as of the 27th, but with light duty for a minimum of 6 weeks. I see him again next month on the 26th to see if he will add more light duty or let me be more active.

I was told by him and my therapist that I am their "dream patient" because of the progression and too that I do my homework as assigned (exercises, hot and cold packs, stretches etc. Granted a surgeon can fix many of our physical ills, but it is the person's attitude to enforce the work done!!!

The incision area at the bend in my wrist is still open, but since there is no infection, they are going to let it heal on its own. I am still seeing changes by the day, and they are changes for the better. I can now feel the bottom of my piggy finger.
 
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April 08 Subcutaneous Ulnar Transposition, Guyon's Release and claw fingers release
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Oct 09 (new) Degenerative disk disease with Osteophytes C7/T1 Degenerative disk disease C2/3, disk bulge, Osteophytes
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I am scheduled for ulnar nerve transposition surgery on 7/18/08. I am kind of nervous after reading this forum. I've had the symptoms sporadically for the last 5 years. I broke my wrist 1/19/08 crashing an off road vehicle, and my symptoms have become increasingly worse. I am 42 yrs old, and don't want to be an old lady yet. This is why I've decided to get the surgery. I work in an office and use the computer all day long. I am really worried about my job now. I thought I got this from riding ATV's. I was hoping I could be back to work and do the one hand typing thing for a while. Realistically, how long before I can go back to work without being in total pain?
 
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durtgirl wrote:
I am scheduled for ulnar nerve transposition surgery on 7/18/08. I am kind of nervous after reading this forum. I've had the symptoms sporadically for the last 5 years. I broke my wrist 1/19/08 crashing an off road vehicle, and my symptoms have become increasingly worse. I am 42 yrs old, and don't want to be an old lady yet. This is why I've decided to get the surgery. I work in an office and use the computer all day long. I am really worried about my job now. I thought I got this from riding ATV's. I was hoping I could be back to work and do the one hand typing thing for a while. Realistically, how long before I can go back to work without being in total pain?

Greetings Durtgirl,

From what you are describing, you will probably go through a surgery very similar to what I did. Aside from the Ulnar getting trapped in the elbow, the hand is another location on you (like me) that they will probably release(Guyon's canal) - of course I am basing this on your broken wrist. Personally there were two main areas to which *I* felt the most discomfort . The elbow of course, but really only for about 3 days, and the hand. After the cast came off, my elbow hurt again for about 2 days (pain pills), then though stiff, and the incision tender, typing with that hand was now once again possible. If they do release your nerve in your hand as well, that will be the "painful" side longterm, but for typing and such, if you keep the heal of your hand off surfaces, it isn't that bad. Most doctors seem to keep people out of work for 3-4 weeks if they had the transposition.

If the elbow is all that they do, most likely you can drive an automatic about 2 days after the cast comes off. For the kind of work you describe, your doctor might let you go back to work in as little as 2 1/2 to 3 weeks with restrictions (lifting and such). I am in a very aggressive job, and my surgeon is letting me go back to work next Tuesday, which comes out to 4 weeks even. I will be on light duty for a minimum of 6 weeks though. I hope this helps. Don't put it off though, as you can cause irreversible nerve damage. Good luck!!!
 
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April 08 Subcutaneous Ulnar Transposition, Guyon's Release and claw fingers release
Aug 09 ACDF with Instrumentations C6/7
Oct 09 (new) Degenerative disk disease with Osteophytes C7/T1 Degenerative disk disease C2/3, disk bulge, Osteophytes
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Re:How long before return to work after surgery? 6 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 0
Thank you for the info. I'm glad I found this forum. Very helpful. Before this, I've never heard of cubital tunnel syndrome.
 
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