Ophthalmic surgery and breast surgery

Ophthalmic Surgery

Surgical Procedure Recommended return to non-manual employment Recommended return to manual employment Other Advice
Cataract removal 1-3 days 2 weeks Avoid very heavy lifting and strenuous exercise until healed

Breast Surgery

Surgical Procedure Recommended return to non-manual employment Recommended return to manual employment Other Advice
Breast benign lumpectomy 1 week 2 weeks  
Breast cancer wide local excision and sentinel node biopsy 1-2 weeks 6 weeks Assuming no adjuvant therapy which substantially delays recovery. Psychological impact of diagnosis can also have an impact on the motivation to return to work
Breast cancer wide local excision or mastectomy and axillary clearance 4-8 weeks 4-8 weeks Assuming no adjuvant therapy which substantially delays recovery. Psychological impact of diagnosis can also have an impact on the motivation to return to work
Breast cancer with radiotherapy and endocrine therapy 3 months 3 months  
Breast cancer with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrine therapy and herceptin Up to 9 months Up to 9 months Where there is a long delay, regular contact with work, and the expectation of an eventual return is very important

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