I know there is no such thing as the "average" person (LOL) but I was just wondering for those of you who have had the surgery, How long were you out before returning to work? I am hoping that if/when I go out for surgery that it wont be more than 3 months. My employer will pay 100% of my income up to 20 weeks which is well more than 3 months but I don't want to be out that long. My income is our only source of income and as it is I depend on overtime to get through to the next paycheck. I know that I am extremely lucky because not all employers are willing to pay 100% if any money at all when on disability. Even though they pay for disability, my bosses are not all that forgiving when it comes to being off of work and not meeting our goals.