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Returning to work after ostomy surgery should not be rushed. Check off these 4 necessities before getting back on the job, and get other workplace tips.
If you’ll be going back to work after your ostomy surgery, you’ll need to be sure you’re ready. Every body is different, and recovery varies by person. The severity of your disease or injury, your recovery time, your age, and the type of job you do…these can all affect how long it will take you to get back to work.
If possible, don’t rush it. Take your time. Returning before you are ready may cause more problems in the long run.
Below is a simple four-point checklist you can use to decide if you’re ready to work again:
If you’re still not sure whether you should return to work, ask your healthcare team for guidance.
Practical tips for getting back to work after ostomy surgery
Here are a few more things that can give you peace of mind in the workplace:
If you feel like your employer is not working in good faith to accommodate your new ostomy needs, your country may have employee discrimination laws that may help you. Do some research and contact your country’s government agency. In the U.S. review Information and Resources for Employment-based Discrimination from the United Ostomy Association of America.
Download the full pdf booklet: Living with an Ostomy: Home & Work Life
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