When can you expect to be back to work after herniated disc surgery?

If you have just undergone or are planning to undergo surgery to treat your herniated disc, you may be wondering when you can expect to return to work. This is a common question for many patients because scheduling a surgery requires planning and possibly taking time away from your job.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your need to get back to your daily activities. In fact, the majority of our patients have a postoperative goal of returning to work. We recognize that your herniated disc has already prevented you from doing so much in life; you don’t need to wait even longer after surgery before you can start living again. Contact our team today if you have any questions and to learn more about your treatment options.

The recovery time you experience after surgery will be dependent on the type of surgery you have and the type of job you perform. For example, a person who has a desk job will likely be able to return to work sooner than a person who has a more physically demanding job. Additionally, a patient who undergoes a minimally invasive spine surgery, such as the procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, has a shorter recovery time^ than a patient who undergoes a traditional open back surgery. Having a better understanding of these factors can help you make a more informed and confident decision.

Recovery difference between traditional open back surgery and minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^

Traditional open back surgery is highly invasive and requires surrounding muscles to be cut and torn in order to access the spine. This results in a relatively long recovery time while muscles heal and rebuild. Additionally, patients undergoing traditional open back surgery are required to stay in the hospital for postoperative care for about 2 to 5 days after surgery. This translates to another week away from work and more medical bills after the procedure is completed. The total average recovery time for patients who undergo traditional open back surgery is usually between 3 to 6 months, with some patients taking about a year to return to work and daily activities.

At Laser Spine Institute, we pride ourselves on our commitment to patient-centered care. Our minimally invasive surgery involves a less than 1-inch incision to access the spine while sparing surrounding muscles. That means our patients experience less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time than patients who undergo a traditional open back surgery, allowing for a quicker return to daily activities such as work.^

If you would like to learn more about our minimally invasive surgery or the recovery process following your surgery, please contact the caring team at Laser Spine Institute. We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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