How long you would be off work kind of depends on what they have to do when they remove the bladder.
You might want to consider subcontracting to someone or hiring someone on a temporary basis to fill in to keep the business going while you recover. I'm guessing you could direct someone and do final inspections easily enough after a few weeks (but I wouldn't be doing any torque wrench activities for a while).
I had a neobladder operation done and the doc said no travel for a while. I'm a business consultant usually traveling Mon-Fri every week and home on weekends. I spent a month or so working from home after being in the hospital for 12 days due to a complication after my surgery.
You should probably plan on 6-8 weeks minimum, but your mileage may vary. For strenuous activity, it would be even longer.
Rocky, I had a diverticulum that the first tumor was comming out of the side. You could see it in the first CT scan. After my second operation I asked if it could be growing on the outside? They said very unlikely. I said I want to know for sure, not very inlikely. I said could we check for sure and they said we could do some imaging. I said lets do it. I couldn't see it any more and am still waiting for my DR to look at the pics.
On another note. If down the road I have to have my bladder removed. How long will I not be able to work? I am self employed and run a auto repair shop out of my house. I can probably swing a month financialy but much after that and I will be using my retirement. I've been getting bill after bill every month. I do have pretty good insurance through my wife but I can't imagine how some people make it through this financially.
GKLINE, I am defenetly going to stay on top of it. My first Dr said I may loose my bladder because he wasn't sure he would be able to just take a section out. He said if he couldn't he would close me back up and I would have to go somewere else to have it removed. My first question is why not go to someone who can do it all instead of have two opertions. He said that was a good point. That made me very nervouse. So my new Dr said he did not have any question that he would be able to take the section out. Much better answer.
I did convince them to do another CT scan even though they said it was very unlikely the tumor would grow on the outside. I said I don't like "unlikely" I wanted to know for sure. I'm still waiting for them to look at the scan. I did look at it myself and I didn't see the diverticulum like the last time.
I have to go back to work.
Thanks for the input.
If anybody thinks I should be doing more, please say so.