When can I return to work after ETS?

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After ETS there is some mild chest soreness that last between 2-5 days. Usually a mild analgesi such as Tylenol or Motrin is sufficient, and we do not routinely prescribe narcotics. The discomfort gradually disappears. Most patients can return to school or work the day after ETS. You can shower the day after surgery, and resume all normal activities depending on how you feel, there are no absolute restrictions. We recommend that you not fly for 2 days after surgery.

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