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What will my recovery be like after Discectomy?

Shah Scrubs SmallWith Nirav K. Shah, MD, FACS

Most patients at PBSC are able to get out of bed the same day as their discectomy. Activity is slowly increased as the patient's condition improves. In this video, Dr. Shah explains what to expect during recovery.

At our practice, most patients can begin getting out of bed on the same day surgery is performed. Activity is gradually increased, and patients are typically able to go home within 24 hours of their procedure depending on the extent of the surgery.

There will probably be some pain after the procedure, however we have pain medications available that will keep you comfortable. At home, you will need to continue to rest. You will be instructed on how to gradually increase your activity. You may still need to take pain medications for a while, however pain and discomfort should begin to reduce within a week or two after surgery.

We will discuss with you other techniques for reducing pain and increasing flexibility before you leave for home. We will also discuss with you a time frame for when you can resume basic activities such as walking, driving, and light lifting; and when you can return to more advanced activities such as work, sports, and yard work.

At Princeton Brain & Spine Care, your return to health is our primary concern. Remember..., our care does not end with the last stitch. If you have any questions about your condition, your treatment, or your recovery, do not hesitate to call us.

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LastUpdate: 2016-05-11 16:21:58


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