This is very much dependent on the type of work that you do, whether you need to drive to get to work and the type of surgery that you have had done. As a general rule the effect of coming into hospital, having a procedure and an anaesthetic takes a lot more out of people than the expect. As a rule, it is probably worth taking at least a week off of your regular work after having any procedure.
Even if you need to have your arm in a sling following a procedure it is usually safe to take your arm out of the sling to use your elbow and wrist when you are in a quite environment. This should allow you to safely eat, write and to use a keyboard The expected time to recovery for other movements and activities is outlined in the information about specific procedures However, you as the patient have the best idea of the specific demands that are required of you to do your work safely and effectively. As a result, it is best to discuss and queries and concerns that you have about the expected post-operative recovery before your operation.
Return to Sport and Exercise
This is very much dependent on the type and level of sport or exercise that you would like to return to and the type of procedure that you have had done. The expected time to recovery and return to certain general types of sport is outlined in the information about specific procedures.
The speed of recovery and progress for certain levels of activity can vary between patients undergoing the same procedure. This variability can often be monitored by your physiotherapist, personal trainer or coach depending on the level of sport that you intend to return to. It will also be assessed at your post-operative consultations. As a result the specific speed, realistic level and fine-tuning of your recovery can be tailored.