beane & Abby4Paige - I don’t know if you realize that you can have private discussions by clicking on a person’s screen name. This will take you to a page w/ a link that says “Message” if you click on that you’ll be able to privately email each other w/o it coming up on the forum at large.
I’m so happy for both of you that you’ve found Dr. Ondrey & have surgeries scheduled (beane, for your husband). Abbey4Paige, you asked about how long before you can go back to work. Some people are able to start working again a week post op but for most it’s 2 -3 weeks. By 6-8 weeks post op, you’ll be feeling pretty decent all the way around. Your energy will return & you will find you’ve resumed many activities you let go pre-op. Six months to a year post op will give you a very clear picture of which symptoms are gone & which are there to stay. CAVEAT - if the ES is bilateral, you’ll most likely need both sides taken care of to get the optimal results from ES surgery. Most doctors require two separate surgeries in bilateral cases.
Hoping & praying for the best for both of you!