Getting back to strenuous work after surgery
I generally have patients wait 4 weeks prior to doing any heavy lifting. However, I have had patients, including body builders, who went back to the gym within a week and had no problems (they didn't follow my recommendations). Generally your doctor will recommend what is the safest thing to do. If you choose to go back to work sooner, you just need to realize that there is a higher risk that you can have a complication such as a hematoma. Best of luck.