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 contact our dedicated 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. To learn about the recovery process after a minimally invasive herniated disc surgery, read the following article.

Recovery process from minimally invasive herniated disc surgery

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, you can expect a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open back surgery^ that is performed in a hospital setting.

The guide will dictate what you can and cannot do, as well as reference the videos listed on Spine-Exercises.com that contain daily activities and postsurgical exercises to help you heal properly. The guidelines of your recovery will be dependent on the type of minimally invasive surgery that 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.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today

At Laser Spine Institute, 88 percent of our decompression surgery patients and 83 percent of our stabilization surgery patients have reported returning to daily activities within three months after our minimally invasive spine surgery.^ If you are suffering from chronic neck or back pain and have yet to take the step toward surgical intervention, reach out to us today. Through a free MRI review,* we can determine if you are a potential candidate for our herniated disc surgery.

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