What happens During Surgery?
The operation usually takes 45 minutes to an hour. Your surgeon will make a cut on the centre of your back between the vertebrae. They will use an operating microscope to make a hole in the ligament between the vertebrae to show the nerve and the disc. Your surgeon will hold the nerve out of the way and remove the disc.
How long will I stay in hospital?
You may be able to go home the day after surgery.
What is my recovery time?
You will be encouraged to start walking within a day or two. The general recommendation is to take one to two weeks leave from work to enable rest and recovery. Post surgery, it’s advised to take it very easy:
- Do not lift heavy objects
- Do not sit for long periods
- Do not bend or stretch excessively
You will need to attend a follow-up consultation with your surgeon to ensure you are recovering at the best possible rate, and you will be covered for physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises under this Self Pay Surgery Package. Typically, you will be able to resume normal life in 6 to 8 weeks.