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    Question about a colostomy

    I have decided to get a colostomy to control my bowels. Just a quick question, how long can I expect to be out of work for? My work is desk work so it's not like it would be stressful on my body.

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    It really depends on the level you are I am a t6 incomplete I was able to transfer on my own a little over 2 weeks out from mine but I also was out of work for almost 4 months due to complications and having a strenous job. Being you sit at a desk I would expect at least a month out maybe more or less. It all depends on how well and fast you heal and if it will be an open or laparoscopic procedure or not.
    T6 Incomplete due to a Spinal cord infarction July 2009

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    Senior Member RSieck's Avatar
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    I just had one done last Tuesday and I'm going back to work on Monday... T8/9

    Should have been home on Thursday after my surgery but they kept me till lunchtime on Friday, I'm sure to charge my insurance another day. But I was back driving Friday afternoon..
    T8/9 (2-24-06)

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    Ask your physician, but it is usually no more than 7-10 days, worse case scenario, depending on the type of work you do.
    Good luck!

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    I am a c 6/7 and was back at work one week after surgery.

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