A microdiscectomy, also called microdecompression, is a minimally invasive procedure performed on patients suffering from a herniated lumbar disc. During a microdiscectomy, your surgeon will remove the damaged portion of the herniated disc to relieve pressure on your spine, thus relieving pain. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients leave the hospital the same day or within 24 hours of surgery.
Before leaving the hospital, you will meet with physical and occupational therapists. These therapists will instruct you on how to reduce bending, lifting, and twisting.
After your microdiscectomy, you’ll be advised to avoid driving, sitting for extended periods of time and repetitive bending. Aside from these minor activities, your lifestyle as a whole should not be heavily impacted.
- 1-2 weeks post-op: You may need to reduce your work load while you recover depending on your profession.
- 6 weeks post-op: You should avoid any heavy lifting and strenuous exercise.
It is not recommended to jump right back to normal activity. Typical time to return to activities is 6-12 weeks.