RE: can't work out for a long time
I just had my shouder operated on.
If it's anything like that then you won't be lifting heavy for considerally longer than 3 weeks.
I choose to do a cutter diet and cardio as I couldn't stand seeing my body composition getting rounder ad rounder.
I have lost near on a stone and still have more to go, I have lost a fair bit of muscle and it's only been 2 and half weeks.
If your going to do a cutter be prepared to see your muscle go, I can bulk well so I know I can add a couple of stone in a year.
Most people eat maintenance calories, try and hold onto what they can until they can train.
I would say go for maintenance unless you know how to bulk, then you could consider a cutter like me, but mentally it's hard.