On average, most patients return to work in 2-3 weeks. You may need more time off if you have a strenuous, physical job like a firefighter or construction worker.
How long you will be off work after surgery is mostly determined by how weak and tired you feel. Your calories will be limited, plus you will be healing from a big surgery. 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 medications that impact alertness and decision making.