melanie_b (144.53.226.---) 4:20pm May 29 2012
I am about 7 weeks post op (only one ankle though) and still NWB. I have an office job, which I came back to after about three weeks, mostly because I was going stir crazy sitting at home. My workplace got me a footstool, so I can easily get my foot to hip-level, but sometimes I put it on the desk, which is nearly at heart height. I definitely get swelling, but it always goes down again by the next morning (compression stockings help too). I keep some icepacks at work (the kind with a velcro straps so they stay on) for any discomfort, but don't often need to take any painkillers. I try to stand up every half hour or so and do some stretches or move around a little to keep the blood flowing. No-one seems to care about me doing any of these things, though it helps that my office is fairly informal.
I agree with ASR that you shouldn't bring this up at the interview - you're better off talking directly with the workplace health & safety people once you've got the job. You could ask some questions about the office culture which might give you some clues.
I suggest you "test" how much swelling you get with your legs down all day at home - you don't want the first place you try to be the office! That might give you an idea of what to expect. When I first returned to work, I could only do a few hours, but within a week I was up to my usual 8 hour day, though some are tougher than others.
Do you have a back-up plan if you can't catch the bus? Are taxis or lifts from friends an option, if needed on occasion?
Hope this is of use to you!