Three tips for prolapsed disc surgery recovery

As you prepare for your upcoming prolapsed disc surgery, it is important to speak with your doctor about what to expect during the procedure and if there are any preparation steps you should do prior to surgery. Many patients will be required to stop taking certain medications a week or two prior to surgery, as well as change other behaviors to help ensure the safety of the procedure.

While you are discussing with your surgical team what to do to prepare for your prolapsed disc surgery, you should also ask about what to expect during your recovery period. The recovery period after a prolapsed disc surgery plays an important role in helping you heal and return to your normal quality of life. Here are three tips to make sure you gain as many benefits from your prolapsed disc surgery recovery period as possible:

  1. Follow your exercise plan. It may seem counterintuitive to exercise after prolapsed disc surgery, but this is one of the best things you can do to help your body strengthen and recover. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions for what type of exercises to do and how often, in order to prevent injury. Remember, your body is still recovering from surgery, so don’t overdo your exercises even if you feel great. Follow your exercise plan exactly and discuss your progress with your doctor at your next appointment.
  2. Listen to your body. If any exercises during your prolapsed disc surgery recovery period cause you pain or discomfort, stop and rest. If the pain continues even after you’ve been resting for several minutes, contact your doctor for pain relief options. Your doctor may want to alter your exercise program to ensure you are recovering safely.
  3. Talk to your doctor. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you have following your prolapsed disc surgery. This will help you make sure you are on the right path to recovery.

For more information about what to expect after your prolapsed disc surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer minimally invasive prolapsed disc surgery and other procedures to help treat common spine conditions. Our procedures offer our patients a shorter recovery time with less risk of complication compared to traditional procedures.

To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, request a no-cost MRI review* from our team today.