At home You are advised to avoid heavy lifting or driving for 2-4 weeks following surgery, however light activity such as walking is advised. You should eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to keep your bowels regular. You can return to work when you feel fit and able, depending on what sort of work you do. Most people should be back to full physical activity 3-4 weeks post laparoscopic surgery. If you have open surgery this will take 8-10 weeks.