How to improve your chances of a successful slipped disc surgery
Slipped disc is a commonly used nonmedical term to describe conditions like a herniated disc. While not always necessary, spine surgery can be very effective for relieving severe pain from a slipped disc that does not respond to commonly prescribed conservative treatments, such as medication and physical therapy. However, you should not expect instant results.
The recovery process that follows any type of surgery plays a key role in the final outcome. Therefore, it is important to have both patience and realistic expectations. In addition to following your postoperative instructions and working closely with your surgical team, the following information is intended to help you have the best chance of a positive outcome.
Tips for recovering from slipped disc surgery
Most patients are advised to follow certain general guidelines as they recover from slipped disc surgery. For instance, your physician or surgeon may tell you to:
- Take regular walks to help prevent surgical complications, such as deep vein thrombosis.
- Avoid strenuous activities and movements that involve bending, twisting and lifting.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Eat a healthy diet to provide your body with the fuel and nutrients it needs to heal.
- Get sufficient rest; if necessary, take prescribed or recommended medications to help you tolerate any pain.
- Wash your incisions gently with mild soap and warm water.
- Keep all recommended follow-up appointments.
After undergoing spine surgery, you can expect your needs and physical capabilities to change over time. Be sure to carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions and contact him or her right away if your pain worsens, new symptoms develop or signs of infection appear.
Laser Spine Institute
If you have questions about the surgical options for a slipped disc that may be appropriate for you, as well as the type of recovery you can expect, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive spine surgery on an outpatient basis that offers less risk of complication compared to traditional open neck or back procedures.
To learn more, contact us for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.