How long does it take to recover from a herniated disc surgery?
Full recovery usually occurs in about 6 weeks, and at that time patients can go about all their normal physical activities with no restrictions. As with any surgery, recovery time depends partially on the individual patient. Patients who have other health problems may take a longer time to recover.
Treatment. Fortunately, the majority of herniated discs do not require surgery. However, a very small percentage of people with herniated, degenerated discs may experience symptomatic or severe and incapacitating low back pain, which significantly affects daily life.
- Microdiscectomy, also sometimes called microdecompression or microdiskectomy, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed on patients with a herniated lumbar disc. During this surgery, a surgeon will remove portions of the herniated disc to relieve pressure on the spinal nerve column.
- The treatment of a bulging disc depends on your symptoms. Most patients with a bulging disc do not need surgery. Your symptoms can usually be managed with conservative treatment such as watching and waiting to see whether your symptoms go away, pain medications, and physical therapy.
- Diffuse cervical bulge means a generalized disc bulge of one of spinal discs of the neck (cervical spine). This bulging material may contact or "pinch" the thecal sac or nerve roots. There are a variety of symptoms in a case like the one above.
The microdiscectomy procedure is usually highly successful for relieving the leg pain (sciatica) caused by a herniated disc. Although the nerve root takes several weeks or months to fully heal, patients often feel immediate relief of their leg pain and usually have a minimal amount of discomfort following the surgery.
- It can cause permanent spinal cord injury. Myelopathy occurs from spinal stenosis that causes pressure on the spinal cord. If untreated, this can lead to significant and permanent nerve damage including paralysis and death.
- Improper preoperative patient selection before back surgery. This is the most common cause of failed back surgery syndrome. For example, degenerative disc disease is less commonly correlated with patients back pain than leg pain from a disc herniation pinching a nerve root.
- When combined with surgical costs, medications, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), rehabilitation and disability, the average spine surgery case approaches $100,000 or more. The direct costs are astronomical and may reach as high as $169,000 for a lumbar fusion and $112,000 for a cervical fusion.
Typical costs: For patients not covered by health insurance, herniated disc surgery can cost between $20,000 and $50,000 or more, including the surgeon's fee, anesthesiologist and facility fee.
- Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is sometimes called less invasive spine surgery. In these procedures, doctors use specialized instruments to access the spine through small incisions.
- 2. Cervical disc replacement also had a lower cost to society than spinal fusion. The cost per QALY for disc replacement was $3,042 which is significantly lower than $8,760 for ACDF. Savings could be even higher if the procedure is performed in an ambulatory surgery center.
- According to a study of hospital charges to more than 76,000 patients, published in the medical journal Spine , the average costs to the patient for scoliosis surgery were about $113,000.
Updated: 15th October 2018