Disc surgery recovery

Disc surgery recovery is an important step in treating your spine condition. After your surgical procedure, your body will need to heal and rebuild properly — meaning you are responsible for resting and then strengthening the area around your spine.

This process can be difficult and may be different for everyone, so it’s important that you and your doctor set realistic expectations and a clear picture of what to expect during the disc surgery recovery period.

Disc surgery recovery after traditional open spine surgery

After a traditional open spine disc surgery, such as a spinal fusion or discectomy, you should expect to remain in the hospital for several days afterward.

Rest will be important, but your physician will likely encourage you to try walking the day after surgery. Your doctor will also recommend a walking schedule with brief time each day to help strengthen your core muscles and stretch your spine. Anti-inflammatories and pain relief medications can be administered, which will help reduce the pain during your disc surgery recovery.

The majority of traditional open spine disc surgery recovery, however, takes place at home. Your doctor will establish a rehabilitation routine for you to follow after you are released from the hospital. Physical therapy is the most common aspect of at-home recovery. This treatment can include mild, low-impact exercise and stretching so the muscles and ligaments of the back stay strong and limber.

Disc surgery recovery after minimally invasive spine surgery

The minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute holds many advantages as an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery. Because our procedures use a smaller incision to spare the core muscles around the spine, our patients can experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of postoperative complications when compared to open spine surgery.

Additionally, our procedures are performed in one of our outpatient surgery centers, meaning our patients can return to their homes or hotels within hours after surgery.^

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information about our procedures and for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.