View Full Version : When to tell your employer about the upcoming surgery

02-01-2010, 10:30 PM
How far in advance would you guys recommend telling your employer that you are getting surgery? It is now February and I am having the surgery in June and I haven't mentioned anything to them yet. Should I tell them now, or is it better to just wait a few months before? Just wanted some opinions on this. Thanks!

02-01-2010, 10:33 PM
Jen, yeah...I've been wondering that same thing. Personally, I am going to wait until one month out then tell them. I will have my pre-op appt. this month 2/24, then when I get back from that (I'm going to St. Louis and I live in Cleve) I will tell them. My surgery is March 31. I don't want them to treat me differently if I tell them too early. That's just me though, and the environment in which I work.

02-01-2010, 11:10 PM
Kinda my thoughts exactly too. My work doesn't have a clue what all is going with me at all. They know I'm in a lot of pain and they know I have an upcoming appt in St. Louis in May, but they are not going to know about my surgery in July until after I get back from St. Louis in May.

02-01-2010, 11:55 PM

I think it depends on what you do for a living. If you'll need to train someone to fill in for you, it seems to me that you'll need a lot longer than 1 month lead time.


02-02-2010, 01:19 AM
Hi have to agree with Linda R. I think if you have a job that requires you to replace yourself,you may need more time. Also if you plan on return to that job, you may want to make your employer aware of what's going on in your world.

I think out of respect, the more notice the better. Would you tell them 2 weeks in advance that you were taking a vacation.

I told my owner months prior to mine, I had to train someone to take over for me, and I was the manager, plus I had planned on going back 3 months post-op. Needless to say, things don't always work out the way you plan them.

Just my thoughts,

02-02-2010, 07:39 AM
it all depends on your situation. I was a contractor (and am again) prior to my surgery, so there was no reason for me to give my employer more than 2-3 weeks notice. You see, once I left, I had no job to go back to--I had to find a new one. If I were an employee, I'm sure that I would have given at least a month or maybe more than one month's notice.

02-02-2010, 10:20 PM
This thread is so timely for me, I just this week informed my employer of my upcoming surgery on March 18. Mainly because I need to get my FMLA form filled out at my pre-op appt and submitted, and then I want to call and get my short term disability claim started. Luckily my boss has been more than supportive. I also have some duties at work that I need to have someone learn prior to my absence.

02-02-2010, 11:07 PM
Yes, all situations are different. I'm in sales and no one will be trained to handle my accounts...they will just go to another salesperson while I am out. I am 100 percent commission and I won't get paid while out and I don't have short term disability. If I tell them now, too far in advance, they will withhold accounts from me now and treat me differently. I am going to do the FMLA....I didn't know that needed to be filled out at the pre-op??? I'm going for pre-op 2/24.

02-03-2010, 07:04 PM
Laura,my preop appt is the same day as yours :-) There is a section on my FMLA form, a big section for my doc to fill out, and I just thought I would take it in then to get it started. I have a business trip first week of March and want to get all the T's crossed and i's dotted because I know I will be gone. Gosh, I bet the time will fly for both of us and we will be in surgery before we know it. eesh......

02-03-2010, 10:00 PM
Kristy - When and where is your surgery taking place? And is this your second surgery? It looks like you had one in 2008?


02-04-2010, 11:55 AM
Laura, I would do the same thing if I would have been in your position.

Never thought of anything like that, and that would suck.


02-04-2010, 08:28 PM
Laura, I am having a revision on 3/18 in Indianapolis. It will be here before I know it.