Expected recovery time for prolapsed disc surgery

If you are preparing to undergo prolapsed disc surgery, it’s common for you to have questions regarding what you can expect during your recovery time and how soon you can return to your normal activities. While this answer differs slightly for every patient, there are a few factors that can greatly influence your length of recovery after a prolapsed disc surgery. For example, what type of surgery you have (traditional or minimally invasive) plays a huge role in how fast your body recovers from the procedure. Similarly, your fitness level prior to surgery and how well you follow the postsurgical instructions also factor into how long your recovery time will be.

Minimally invasive prolapsed disc surgery has a shorter recovery time

One of the biggest factors of your recovery time after prolapsed disc surgery is the type of surgery you choose to undergo. Surgeons can treat prolapsed discs using traditional open spine surgery or minimally invasive techniques. While both options have the same goal of treating the prolapsed disc, the approaches are very different and can have a significant impact on how your body recovers.

For example, traditional open neck or back surgery uses highly invasive techniques to reach the damaged disc in your spine. A large incision is made in the neck or back, and then the muscles surrounding the spine are cut, torn and sometimes even temporarily detached in order for the surgeon to reach the prolapsed disc. This can lead to excessive internal scar tissue development and/or nerve damage, both of which increase your risk of developing failed back surgery syndrome.

In comparison, minimally invasive prolapsed disc surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute uses a less-than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques to reach the spine. Because of our more precise approach to the spine, our patients experience shorter recovery times^ and lower risks of complication.

Other factors

Other factors that can affect your recovery time after prolapsed disc surgery include your fitness level prior to surgery and how well you follow the guidelines for your postsurgical healing. Your prior fitness level will also contribute to how fast your muscles and spine heal. Following your surgeon’s guidelines for after surgery will help you regain strength in your spine and core muscles so you can get back to your normal quality of life.

Learn more

To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.