On average, most patients return to work in 2-3 weeks. You may need more time off if you have a strenuous job like a firefighter or construction worker.
This is mostly determined by how weak and tired you feel. Your calories will be limited, plus you will be healing from a big surgery so the patients who don’t push their recovery find they have the fewest issues and challenges and actually get back to work the quickest.
Patients absolutely cannot return to work if still requiring pain medication or other medicine that impacts alertness and decision making.