how long off work I will be after micro discectomy operation?
what should and should not do?
how long is the recovery period?
when can I drive?
these are samples of question which we get asked daily before considering the Micro discectomy or any other procedure. I am trying to answer below in simple concise way.
Micro discectomy is carried out nowadays as a day case procedure where the patient can leave the hospital on the same evening or within 24 hours. Here are general tips about the recovery after lumbar micro discectomy.
I personally mobilize my patients out of bed after 6 hours post surgery and assess their fitness for same day discharge.
I give my patients instructions to avoid carrying any weight for 4-6 week. I prescribe lumbar corset to avoid bending and twisting for 2-3 weeks post surgery to avoid any recurrence of symptoms or recurrent prolapse.
I see my patient few days post surgery to check the neuro status and the surgical field area, and arrange the physiotherapy treatment to start at two weeks post micro discectomy. I give clear instruction to my patient to avoid sitting or standing for any prolonged period, and avoid bending and lifting.
I allow my patients to return to swimming at 3-4 weeks, they also can return to work within 2-3 weeks provided they avoid physical activities for the next few weeks.
Generally all patient return to most of their activities of daily livings within 6 weeks post surgery with the help of physiotherapy and home exercises.
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