Recovering from microdiscectomy surgery
Your child's care team will follow your child after surgery.
- After surgery, your child will be limited in their activity and lifting for the first two weeks to allow for healing and to avoid re-herniation of the disc. Your provider will talk with you about specific movements that should be avoided.
- Generally, a brace is not needed after surgery. Your child can return to school or light work 1-2 weeks after surgery. You will come back for a follow-up visit with your child’s surgeon 2-3 weeks after surgery to check on their pain and function.
- It is important to follow the instructions provided by your child’s surgeon, and your child will gradually be released back to activity as soon as safely possible. Rest is crucial in allowing the back to heal, so your child may return to their pre-operative level of function.
Recovery for student-athletes
Student-athletes may want to consider physical therapy at our Sports Medicine Center to increase back strength and flexibility if they have goals to return to sports or certain physical activity. Your surgeon will discuss your child’s expectations with them at your appointment before surgery.