Herniated disc — minimally invasive surgery recovery

As you prepare for your minimally invasive spine surgery to treat your herniated disc, you may be wondering what you can expect to experience during the recovery period. While each patient recovers differently, we can walk you through some of the general guidelines for what to do and what to avoid after your surgery. Make sure you discuss these guidelines with your Care Partner so he or she can help you recover properly.

The guidelines for your recovery will depend on the type of surgery you have for your herniated disc. For example, patients who undergo minimally invasive decompression surgery will have different recovery guidelines than patients who undergo minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

If you have any questions as you research your upcoming spine surgery and recovery, we encourage you to reach out to our Care Team for answers. We are here to guide you through your patient experience and find a treatment option for your chronic neck or back pain.

Recovery from minimally invasive surgery

Prior to your minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute, you will receive a guide packet of what to expect during your recovery period. Whether you undergo a minimally invasive decompression surgery or a minimally invasive stabilization surgery, patients can expect a shorter recovery time than they would with traditional open back surgery in a hospital setting. During this time, you will receive a guide of what you can and cannot do, as well as daily exercises to help you heal properly. The guidelines of your recovery will be dependent on the type of minimally invasive surgery you receive.

Many of our patients begin to feel better immediately after surgery. While this will be a welcome relief, we still stress that you cannot immediately return to your daily activities, even if you don’t feel any pain. Your body is still healing and it is important that you follow our recommended recovery guide to prevent injury to your neck or back.

Remember, during the time that you suffered from chronic neck or back pain, your body was not able to perform its daily activities. That means that your muscles are not used to doing certain things like walking for long distances or lifting your grandkids. The purpose of the recovery period after surgery is to rebuild your muscles at a safe pace to prevent injury and help you get back to life faster.

If you have any questions during your recovery period, you can contact our SPINE LINE for assistance.

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