I'm currently waiting for surgery for a medical issue I have, which will involve three operations with about 6 weeks off after each one. Other than this I am healthy and have never had to have significant time off work (just the usual few days occasionally for flu etc) and my doctor expects that once I've recovered from these operations I should be back to full health and am extremely unlikely to have any further problems in the future. When I informed my school of this, I was warned (albeit in a fairly sympathetic "this is nothing personal, it's standard procedure" type of way) that this much absence could potentially lead to me being deemed unfit to work and dismissed - I was astounded by this, given that it's not an ongoing permanent condition that will lead to any absences following the operations. I can't believe a school would sack a member of staff just because they've been unlucky enough to need a couple of operations. It's not as though there's anything I could have done to avoid it! Has anyone been in this situation themselves or known anyone else to be, that has resulted in dismissal? Part of me suspects that the possibility is being over-exaggerated in order to get me to try and have all of the operations during school holidays to minimise my absence, but part of me is worried since there's nothing I can do about needing the operations and I'm at the mercy of the NHS as far as when I have them is concerned!