Things to Avoid While Recovering from Annular Tear Surgery

Whether you’re preparing for your annular tear surgery at Laser Spine Institute or you have already started recovering from your operation, you should be aware of the limitations that you need to adhere to after your minimally invasive procedure. These guidelines are designed to stop patients from injuring themselves during the recovery period and to give the body enough time to recuperate after surgery.

When should you go back to work?

Getting back to work is a major concern for many patients who have undergone annular tear surgery, and the time it takes to return depends on a number of factors. First, you should consider the type of job that you have. If you’re sitting at a desk for most of the day, you may be able to return to work in about two weeks, although you should be sure not to sit in the same position for extended periods of time as you heal. On the other hand, more strenuous jobs may require a six-week recovery time. Both of these timeframes are only estimates, and they will vary depending on how your body is recuperating and what your physician advises.

What other guidelines should you adhere to?

Just after your surgery, you may find that certain movements, such as bending over, are challenging or painful. If so, try to avoid these motions for the moment and slowly ease yourself into them at a later point. When you’re in doubt about whether to perform a movement, remember to listen to your body and not to rush your recovery. We also advise that patients avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds for the first six weeks — and to use proper lifting techniques after that point.

If you have any questions about recovering from your minimally invasive annular tear surgery, you can consult with the medical staff at Laser Spine Institute at any time before or after your surgery.