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31-08-2019, 05:49 AM
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Thanks all Some good advice there.

One question to those who have had the op:
Would I be off work for any length of time following the operation or could I go back the same day?
Definitely not, Floydy.

You will probably be allowed home the same day - depending on what time they do the operation - and which anaesthetic they use - but you will not be able to drive yourself.

The recommended convalescent period is 3 weeks before returning to light duties, and 6 weeks before anything more strenuous!
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Floydy, the most precious thing to have in your life is your health, so don't put it at risk to satisfy your employer

Your surgeon will advise you on what is safe to do, and what isn't, so ask if he will give you a written note to confirm this ( he may want a small fee for doing so ). If he thinks it will take longer than a week before you are safe to work, he should give you a sick note.... and your employer would be in serious trouble if he made you work against doctors advice!

I hope it all goes well for you.
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31-08-2019, 08:22 AM
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Yes floydy mate...had a hernia op back in 2012 relatively straight forward however, one tip I can give you is, when you do eventually go in for the op, make sure you eat plenty of stuff to keep you regular you do NOT want to be constipated after your op...dont ask me how I know
I will 2nd that. Painful to poo.
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31-08-2019, 08:24 AM
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Tabby, Twink. Thanks for this.
Having thought about it, it will take time because I will have stitches in also and won't be able to lift very much. The gym will definitely be out unless I can do some treadmill walking or cycling.

Work will be a real problem. They have a rule whereby they judge three instances of sickness per year as a gravely unsatisfactory event and it doesn't make any difference if the time period off sick is for one day or three months. They are unflexible in their approach.

I had a night off in January for a flu/chest complaint and six hours off on Thursday night. Because of these two (minor) instances I will now get a 'back to work interview' and a caution.
A third bout of sickness from my forthcoming operation will result in a written warning. What am I supposed to do?! They don't take into account what the doctor says and bully people into returning to work by visiting them at home.

I need to know if they are operating within the law to be honest.

And where will this now put me in my plans to get back onto day working? I don't know what to do now!
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Floydy, Im not sure if you are aware that it can sometimes take 24-26 weeks for a GP referral to see a Consultant. Then sometimes weeks after that for the actual op.

I mention this because of your planning for your forthcoming holiday in USA. Not sure when you planned to go but just a warning that a couple of years ago we had to cancel our holiday as my husbands op date came through for a few days before we were due to go. I hope that wont happen in your case.
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31-08-2019, 09:24 AM
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It depends on the individual of how much time off you need, I took two weeks sick and tagged two weeks holiday when I had my hernia done,
When I was waiting to have the op, I was chatting to a bloke a bit younger than me, who was a little nervous regarding the procedure, as Id had operations before I tried to reassure him, I saw him after wed both had our operations, I felt as though Id been hit by a demented rhino, whilst he marched past me as if he was in a road race.....
As for your employer, could you not see the chap from HR, whom you saw about a day shift job, and explain your situation regarding your hernia op, Im sure they wouldnt want the bad publicity if they forced you back and something happened, failing that, if youre not in a union then you could see a solicitor who specialises in employment law...
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31-08-2019, 09:39 AM
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Tabby, Twink. Thanks for this.
Having thought about it, it will take time because I will have stitches in also and won't be able to lift very much. The gym will definitely be out unless I can do some treadmill walking or cycling.

Work will be a real problem. They have a rule whereby they judge three instances of sickness per year as a gravely unsatisfactory event and it doesn't make any difference if the time period off sick is for one day or three months. They are unflexible in their approach.

I had a night off in January for a flu/chest complaint and six hours off on Thursday night. Because of these two (minor) instances I will now get a 'back to work interview' and a caution.
A third bout of sickness from my forthcoming operation will result in a written warning. What am I supposed to do?! They don't take into account what the doctor says and bully people into returning to work by visiting them at home.

I need to know if they are operating within the law to be honest.

And where will this now put me in my plans to get back onto day working? I don't know what to do now!
Are you in a Union? If not do some research into employment law on sickness or even speak to a solicitor about whether they can make you work when a doctor says you shouldn't! I am fairly sure that a company will have some insurance to cover accidents at work, but if you are forced to work while you are ill, you will not be covered by that insurance.... but you can sue them as I think it is against the law!
This is why I said that you should get the surgeon to give written instructions on what you can & cannot do!
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31-08-2019, 10:10 AM
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Are you in a Union? If not do some research into employment law on sickness or even speak to a solicitor about whether they can make you work when a doctor says you shouldn't! I am fairly sure that a company will have some insurance to cover accidents at work, but if you are forced to work while you are ill, you will not be covered by that insurance.... but you can sue them as I think it is against the law!
This is why I said that you should get the surgeon to give written instructions on what you can & cannot do!
I was self employed and my work involved heavy lifting. I was off work for about 9 weeks.
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31-08-2019, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Mags ->
Floydy, Im not sure if you are aware that it can sometimes take 24-26 weeks for a GP referral to see a Consultant. Then sometimes weeks after that for the actual op.

I mention this because of your planning for your forthcoming holiday in USA. Not sure when you planned to go but just a warning that a couple of years ago we had to cancel our holiday as my husbands op date came through for a few days before we were due to go. I hope that wont happen in your case.
It won't be until next June, Mags so hopefully I'll be back in the land of the living by then
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31-08-2019, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Primus1 ->
It depends on the individual of how much time off you need, I took two weeks sick and tagged two weeks holiday when I had my hernia done,
When I was waiting to have the op, I was chatting to a bloke a bit younger than me, who was a little nervous regarding the procedure, as Id had operations before I tried to reassure him, I saw him after wed both had our operations, I felt as though Id been hit by a demented rhino, whilst he marched past me as if he was in a road race.....
As for your employer, could you not see the chap from HR, whom you saw about a day shift job, and explain your situation regarding your hernia op, Im sure they wouldnt want the bad publicity if they forced you back and something happened, failing that, if youre not in a union then you could see a solicitor who specialises in employment law...
Originally Posted by Twink55 ->
Are you in a Union? If not do some research into employment law on sickness or even speak to a solicitor about whether they can make you work when a doctor says you shouldn't! I am fairly sure that a company will have some insurance to cover accidents at work, but if you are forced to work while you are ill, you will not be covered by that insurance.... but you can sue them as I think it is against the law!
This is why I said that you should get the surgeon to give written instructions on what you can & cannot do!
Excellent posts Primus and Twink. Thank you

Yes I'm in Unite for the sole reason that I've seen so much wrongdoing and dubious victimisation at my place. I thought I would join in three years ago and pending my chat with the Ops Manager (who, sadly is not the big boss I saw last time), I may end up phoning them.
The chat next Wednesday is about hopefully a role on days but I will also bring up this problem and get some things clarified. I'm seriously thinking of recording the conversation as the person I'm seeing is a notoriously vindictive individual. The HR department always side with the managers so that would be hopeless seeing them.
We'll see what happens.
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